Ironwood, MI Meth Probe – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: Gogebic County methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin case goes federal

Numerous federal charges expected from huge meth probe in Gogebic County including indictment from a grand jury sitting in Marquette, MI – includes heroin, cocaine and weapons

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

1-906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A man, who was one of four arrested on state meth charges almost two weeks ago in Gogebic County, was appointed the federal version of a court-appointed defense attorney on Tuesday.

Federal drug agents were among the many law enforcement agencies on the scene for the Gogebic County meth raid that was the announced on Friday. January 20, 2017 by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team – better known as “GIANT.” Numerous meth and other drug and weapons charges against an unknown number of people are expected as federal prosecutors in Marquette bring witnesses before a federal grand jury.

gogebic-giant-bust-press-release-5-corey-tutorOn Tuesday, 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor, who has ties to Gogebic County and Ashland, WI, was given an attorney at no cost by U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley. Appointed to represent Tutor was an unnamed member of the U.S. Public Defender Office in Marquette, MI. The office is headed in Marquette by Asst. U.S. Public Defender Elizabeth LaCosse – who once was a prosecutor in the western U.P.

Convicted felon 33-year-old Jeremy James Whitebird – whose home allegedly had $50,000 in meth and other drugs when searched by GIANT agents – is one of the main targets of the local, state and federal drug probe. He faces drug charges and two counts of possession of a gun by a convicted felon – that brings serious time in the federal system.

Officials said that Whitebird has an extensive criminal history, however U.p. Breaking News has been unable to find out much about him through online and other sources.

Current state charges against Whitebird include possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The raid involving state and federal drug agents was conducted by the GIANT drug team, the Gogebic Iron SWAT Team, Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Beacon Ambulance Service stood by the scene just in case.

Police confiscated a large amount of meth, coke, heroin, and pot plus several firearms and ammunition, according to a GIANT press release.

Two others – plus Tutor – were present during the raid at the Whitebird residence. The trio are charged with possession of methamphetamines and a loitering charge for allegedly hanging around a drug house. They are 21-year-old Rebecca Jade Gibbons, 30-year-old Carlos Jordan, 30, and 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor.


Meanwhile, another Gogebic County resident was appointed a U.S. Federal Public Defender on Tuesday – Lisa Celeskey of Ironwood, MI. The reason Celeskey needs a defense attorney for federal probe is not known. The Federal Public Defender Office recommended that attorney Sarah Emily Henderson be appointed to represent Celeskey


Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team

“GIANT”

gogebic-giant-banner-3-badgeThis is one of several drug teams in the Upper Peninsula that are working to stamp out the methamphetamine problem that has led to countless deaths, plus left hundreds of Yoopers with very hard to beat addictions to meth, and U.P. Breaking News has heard from numerous homeowners who are among those with rental property that got used as meth labs causing millions of dollars of damage to homes across the U.P.

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Find Three Yoopers Wanted For Being Sex Offender Fugitives by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Sex Offenders Registry: Three of Michigan’s most wanted sex offender fugitives are from the Upper Peninsula – and on the run – Let’s Find Them Folks – Where are these bad guys?

Three U.P. Men Make Most Wanted Sex Offender Fugitive List: Sex Offender Registry Wanted Absconders – 14 Most Wanted

Top 14 Most Wanted Michigan Sex Offender Fugitives includes three U.P. residents – Where are they Hiding – Report them Now!

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – U.P. Breaking News is hoping you can help find the “Top 14  Most Wanted Michigan Sex Offender Fugitives” –  three are from the Upper Peninsula and wanted on felony warrants.

A manhunt is underway for:

Kenneth Joseph Saarela of Negaunee, MI is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk of Chassell, MI is wanted on felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

Brian William Niles of Menominee, MI is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

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If you have any information on the location of these fugitives please call 911 or the nearest law enforcement agency. Plus the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678

Below we have listed all 14 of those wanted fugitives

Brian William Niles

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_24961_54016_54017-307630–,00.html

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Brian Niles

Date of Birth: 07/27/1967
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 230 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Menominee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/01/2007

Known Aliases: None

Registered Offense
Offense Code: 750.520G2
Description: Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree (Assault)

Brian William Niles is not in compliance with the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act. If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

 

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Kenneth Joseph Saarela

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Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Date of Birth: 03/25/1982
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 315 lbs. 
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Negaunee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 09/24/2014

Known Aliases: None.

Registered Offense:
Offense Code: 750.520E Criminal Sexual Conduct
4th Degree (Multiple Variables)

Kenneth Joseph Saarela is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations. If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.


Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

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Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Date of Birth: 09/12/1966
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Chassell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/05/2011

Known Aliases: None.

Registered Offense:
Offense Code: 750.520E1A Criminal Sexual Conduct
4th Degree (Force or Coercion)

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk is wanted on felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.  If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

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Sex Offender Registry: Wanted Absconders – 14 Most Wanted

 

These individuals are not in compliance with the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act. If you have information concerning the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

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The top 14 most wanted sex offenders in Michigan – Find them – Do not let them free without abiding by the sex offender laws and requirements

U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

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Brian William Niles

Date of Birth: 07/27/1967
Last Reported Address: Menominee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/01/2007

JACQUELINE HENRY

Jacqueline Henry

Date of Birth: 12/18/1958
Last Reported Address: Detroit, Mich.
Last Report Date: 11/01/2004

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - James Brent Keyes

James Brent Keyes

Date of Birth: 02/07/1947
Last Reported Address: Plainwell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/12/2010

James William Meece

James William Meece

Date of Birth: 01/25/1949
Last Reported Address: Ypsilanti, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/10/1991

Juan Martin Arredondo

Juan Martin Arredondo

Date of Birth: 10/02/1978
Last Reported Address: Hamilton, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/16/2010

Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Date of Birth: 03/25/1982
Last Reported Address: Negaunee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 09/24/2014

Larry Glen Cleary

Larry Glen Cleary

Date of Birth: 02/05/1967
Last Reported Address: Hartford, Mich.
Last Report Date: 06/14/2014

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Date of Birth: 09/12/1966
Last Reported Address: Chassell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/05/2011

Mark Alberto Hawthorne

Mark Alberto Hawthorne

Date of Birth: 01/31/1976
Last Reported Address: Ferndale, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/25/2012

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Michael James Rabitaille

Michael James Rabitaille

Date of Birth: 04/14/1960
Last Reported Address: Bancroft, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/13/2007

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Paul Clyne Duron

Paul Clyne Duron

Date of Birth: 06/05/1969
Last Reported Address: Adrian, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/15/2008

Randy John Mills

Randy John Mills

Date of Birth: 06/05/1978
Last Reported Address: Bellevue, Mich.
Last Report Date: 06/29/2015

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Scott Bedolla

Scott Anthony Bedolla

Date of Birth: 07/22/1965
Last Reported Address: Clinton, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/07/2011

Terry Bernard Brown II

 

Terry Bernard Brown II

Name: Terry Bernard Brown II
Last Reported Address: Mt Morris, Mich.
Last Report Date:01/26/2010

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U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

Benton Harbor, MI cheerleader files a federal lawsuit against the Benton Harbor School District for alleged covering up the rape of a cheerleader by a prominent athlete – and not providing adequate protections for the victim including under the high school bullying rules

Shocking News this morning out of Berrien County, MI 1-31-17 12:15 p.m. ET – Benton Harbor High School Autistic Cheerleader accuses school of protecting star athlete convicted of rape – but not the victim

Benton Harbor High School: More allegations that Michigan athletes are protected by school districts even when charged with rape – plus allegations of harassment against the cheerleader victim who is autistic

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Benton Harbor, MI cheerleader files a federal lawsuit against the Benton Harbor School District for alleged covering up the rape of a cheerleader by a prominent athlete – and not providing adequate protections for the victim including under the high school bullying rules

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Benton Harbor, MI) – The family of an autistic Benton Harbor High School cheerleader who was sexually assaulted at a basketball game has accused the school district, superintendent and two other school officials with allegedly not protecting the rape victim and opening her up to bullying and harassment.

The victim, who is a minor, is identified in the federal civil suit as Jane Doe – to protect her identity. The victim’s mother, who brought the suit, is not identified – again to protect the 15-year-old cheerleader who is a freshman at the Benton harbor High School.

The suit alleges the suspect is a “prominent athlete.” It states the suspect was 17-years-old at the time and the victim was 15 years old at the time.

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The alleged sexual assault occurred on December 28, 2015 during the Christmas Tournament Basketball game at the Benton Harbor High School at 870 Colfax Ave. in Benton Harbor, MI, the suit states. The suit alleges that the administrators, faculty, teachers and staff are “fully aware” the victim is autistic.

The 32-page, five-count federal civil lawsuit was filed on Fri., Feb. 27, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI.

Named are the Benton Harbor School District, Superintendent Shelly Walker, Benton Harbor High School Principal Rodger R. Tripplett, and School District Title IX Coordinator Patricia Robinson.

The alleged rapist identified in the lawsuit as the “attacker” with the initials “TB.”

“A the time of the attack” the suspect “TB” was “in his junior year and a prominent athlete at Benton Harbor,” the suit alleges.

“During the basketball game” the suspect TB “a “star” football and basketball player was able to “lure” Jane Doe away to “the third floor boy’s bathroom” that “was not being monitored” by school officials.

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“TD” allegedly “violently and forcibly sexually assaulted” the victim “while making a video of it on his” cell phone “while the sex assault was taking place in the boy’s bathroom. The suit mentions both the third and second floor boy’s bathrooms.

School cameras were broken the day of the assault, the suit states, calling the broken surveillance cameras “grossly negligent” and placed “other students in danger.”

“The school didn’t suspend or take an action against” the suspect “TB” even “after criminal charges were filed” by the prosecutor’s office “several months after the sexual assault,” the suit states. School officials let the victim’s family know about the video of the alleged sexual assault that was being passed around – however the suit states there is not a copy currently available.

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The lawsuit alleges harassment by the suspect and others including athletes using Facebook and text messages.

The victim suffered “a great deal of ridicule, teasing, taunting her and violent outbursts from other athletes” including one who “tried to engage” the victim “into a fight,” the suit alleges. The victim has received sexual assault counseling and threatened suicide. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the sexual assault.”

The school district allegedly allowed the suspect and victim to have “direct and daily contact.”

The lawsuit explains in detail some of the alleged physical, emotional and psychological effects on the victim and her mother. The suit states the victims could no longer participate in band or cheer-leading and has suffered numerous physical and emotional problems since the assault – and daily contact with the suspect. The victim’s grades dropped from a 3.7 GPA to a 2.4 GPA, the suit states, adding she was forced to leave the school after the suspect was allowed to return during the 2015-2016 school year. The suit blames a “continuing hostile environment” for the victim leaving the school.

The suit claims four felony charges were filed against the suspect and was convicted on one of the sex charges – then sentenced to one year in jail.

The lawsuit is brought under amendments to the U.S. Constitution including Title IX (Title Nine) for an alleged hostile education environment and the 14th amendment for alleged deprivation of civil rights.

“The cause of this action arises” from the school district and its leaders were alleged to have deliberate “indifference to a student-on-student sexual assault on the school premises and the subsequent sex-based harassment.

Those charged in the civil suit allegedly failed “to promptly and appropriately investigated and respond to the assault subjected Jane Doe to further sexual harassment and a hostile environment, effectively denying her access to educational opportunities.”

Click on this link to download the entire lawsuit:

2017 Cheerleader Federal Civil Suit Benton Harbor, MI

U.P. Breaking News has been unable to find any local media coverage of the Benton Harbor High School sexual assault, the charges, sentencing or this assault.

However a teacher was charged in a different case with sexual assault in St. Joseph, MI:
http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/St-Joseph-teacher-sentenced-for-sexual-conduct-with-student-316207211.html

Portions of the lawsuit:

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Updates on federal charges against a site manager at Wisconsin pallet company Timber Creek Resource: Plus company attorney threatens U.P Breaking News – We are not hard to reach – However, we always fix any problems – and we now are reporting that Russel Wetenkamp was a “site manager” at the pallet company Timber Creek Resource, LLC that admitted federal criminal charges – not the President

Arraignment is one week from today:
A Wisconsin company is sicking its lawyers on U.P. Breaking News because the company upset by our reporting of what one of their officials did – that resulted in a federal criminal probe

If you have an issue, we are easy to find – we find this attorney threat approach a bit caustic and unreasonable – and in fact not productive: Call Greg Peterson – 906-273-2433

Our probe shows we should have called the official – Russel Wetenkamp – the company’s site manager – not president (for that we apologize, dumb but honest mistake)

NOTICE OF HEARING as to Russel Wetenkamp – hopefully the Green Bay, WI media will cover and will not have to

Arraignment and Plea Hearing – Information set for Monday, Feb. 2, 2017 (2/6/2017) 3:30 PM in Courtroom 201, 125 S. Jefferson St., Green Bay, WI 54301 before Chief Judge William C Griesbach

Read the story below (but first the email from their lawyers)  – only thing we changed was changing his title from president –  to site manager  –  against instead of president:

U.P. Breaking News gets threats all the time – but this one was handled in a strange way.
They say “we must know” the the man is not President. That is not true – we believed he is or was president (until email from Douglas P. Dehler , Attorney at Law, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.) – but will happily use any title the company provides (they did not).

Then we found it – buried in the federal paperwork (honest mistake)  – feds say the man was company’s site manager

The threat from their attorney did not tell us his position but we now believe it is site manager.

As far as the photos – its all on the internet and the company should not blame the media for reporting the trouble with the feds. This is a very serious case, according to the federal documents.

Email to U.P. Breaking News from Timber Creek, LLC. lawyer Douglas P. Dehler , an Attorney with Law, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. in Milwaukee, WI:

We represent Timber Creek, LLC.  The attached article is false and must be removed  from distribution immediately. I tried to call the phone number provided on your article, but there was no answer and there is no voicemail box tied to that phone number. Among other things, your article falsely states:

“49-year-old Russell F. Wetenkamp of Manitowoc,WI -the owner  of Timber  Creek Resource LLC, a wooden  pallet  company in Newton, WI- just southeast of Green Bay, Wl…”

As you must know, Mr. Wetenkamp is NOT the owner of Timber Creek Resource, LLC.

The title of your article also falsely says:

“U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Wisconsin company president admits he falsified the fitness of wooden pallets by illegally using a U.S. Agriculture stamp…”

Again, Mr. Wettenkamp is NOT the president of Timber Creek, LLC, and your inaccurate statements, along with your use of the Timber Creek logo and other business information about Timber Creek, are not only blatantly false and misleading, but potentially very damaging to Timber Creek’s business.

Immediately cease and desist any distribution of this article, including the false information that it contains.  So that we can decide what measures may be necessary to correct the false story, we request that you immediately explain for us how and when this article was posted. We need to know who received this false information, with sufficient detail to allow us to determine what corrective action may be needed.

Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail immediately. We ask that you confirm immediate compliance with these cease and desist demands. In addition, call me as soon as possible to discuss.

Sincerely,

Douglas P. Dehler
Attorney at Law

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

414.276.5000 office
414.276.6581 facsimile

www.wilaw.com

 

What Wisconsin Business Registration website says about RUSSEL F. WETENKAMP

In fact, we looked up more info about the company official and what other websites state about him:

This profile was registered on 12/19/2003 and contains information from public web pages:

Company Profile from 2003:
http://www.wisconsincorporates.com/corp/66595.html

Company Name LVR PROPERTIES LLC
Company No L037310
Company Type Domestic Limited Liability Company
Status Delinquent  
Registered Date 12/19/2003
Company Age 14 Years
Registered Agent RUSSEL F. WETENKAMP
5711 COUNTY ROAD U
P.O. BOX 157
NEWTON , WI 53063

Company Overview

LVR PROPERTIES LLC is a company in Wisconsin and its company number is L037310. LVR PROPERTIES LLC was registered on 12/19/2003. The company’s status is listed as Delinquent  .

Now the updated story:
Updated U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Wisconsin company site manager admits he falsified the fitness of wooden pallets by illegally using a U.S. Agriculture stamp – ripping off $350,000 from a dozen Wisconsin businesses – USDA stamp assured businesses the pallet would not become bug-infested

USDA: Wisconsin company official falsified the validity of wooden pallets using USDA stamp – Ripping off  $350,000 from a dozen Wisconsin businesses

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USDA stamp assured businesses the pallet would not become “infested with insects or microorganisms”

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

timber-logo-2(Wisconsin/U.P. of Michigan) – A U.S. Justice Department special environmental crimes unit from Washington, D.C. swept into Wisconsin and northern Michigan this week filing federal charges in two ongoing investigations – one about illegal using an agriculture department stamp to sell wooden pallets and the other the illegal packaging of Great Lakes fish in the Upper Peninsula.

The charges are against 49-year-old Russell F. Wetenkamp of Manitowoc,WI  – a current or former site manager of Timber Creek Resource LLC, a wooden pallet company in Newton, WI – just southeast of Green Bay, WI.

“Timber Creek manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its
Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce,” the plea agreement states. The “wooden pallets that Timber Creek sold “are required to undergo a
heat treatment process” signified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamp.

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LinkedIn: Timber Creek Resource, LLC is a specialized supplier of industrial lumber and custom designed pallets, crates, and boxes. We are one of the largest industrial lumber wholesalers and custom crating facilities in the Midwest.

Timber Creek Resource has grown year after year to now include Wisconsin Box Company, Wetterau Wood, and MGD Lumber to better serve our customers. These partnerships help us reduce costs and provide strategic locations around the country as we grow further

Specialties: Custom Wood Packaging for Shipping Manufactured Products

  • Website

    http://www.tcrllc.com

  • Industry

    Packaging and Containers

  • Type

    Privately Held

  • Headquarters

    5059 N 119th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225 United States

  • Company Size

    201-500 employees

  • Founded

    1956

The federal charges fall under the U.S. Plant Protection Act.

The “heat-treatment process that prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or microorganisms,” federal prosecutors say. “The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-15”) stamp certifying that they have been heat treated.”

In one day, Wetenkamp was quickly charged – and then entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. The scheme ripped off a dozen Wisconsin business to the tune of nearly $350,000, federal prosecutors allege.

On July 19, 2016, “Wetenkamp admitted to a Special Agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that” from November 2014 – June 16, 2015 that he “marked and caused the marking of wooden pallets with the stamp” knowing “that the marking falsely indicated that the pallets had been heat-treated by Timber Creek, when in fact they had not been heat-treated.”

Victims of the fraud and how much they lost:

Fraud incurred by a dozen Wisconsin businesses with total losses: $349,365

  • Aldrich Chemical Company in St. Louis, MO – $447

  • Brillion Iron Works in Brillion, WI – $120,438

  • Extrutech Plastics, Inc. in  Tallahassee, FL – $168

  • Fabrico Mequon in Mequon, WI – $3,132

  • Jagemann Stamping Company in Manitowoc, WI – $58,385

  • K & L Services, Inc. in Beaver Dam, WI – $2,516

  • Kohler Co. in Kohier, WI – $18,868

  • Nemak USA, Inc. in  Sheboygan, WI – $95,414

  • Nemschoff Chairs, Inc in Sheboygan, WI – $1,188

  • Sheboygan Paint Company in Sheboygan, WI – $519

  • The Vollrath Company LLC in Sheboygan, WI – $6,497

  • Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, WI – $41,793

To read about the Upper Peninsula fish labeling scandal and other cases:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/20/UPFedFishProbe

https://upbreakingnews.com/category/fish/

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/feds-probe-illegal-trafficking-of-great-lakes-fish/

Count 1

November 2014 – June 16, 2015

Wetenkamp “falsely marked and sold wooden pallets” by  using a federal stamp “representing that they had been heat-treated” when “they were not heat-treated”

The agriculture department stamp/marking “was a knowing false and material representation that had the capacity to influence the person or entity to which it was made concerning a matter” namely a dozen Wisconsin companies that lost almost 350,000 during the one-year scheme

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Count 2:
November 30, 2014 – June 16, 2015

Russel Wetenkamp falsely “marked and sold wooden pallets as heat-treated” illegally using a  an agriculture department stamp “when in fact they were not heat-treated,” according to a plea agreement entered this week by federal prosecutors – just minutes after filing the first charges in the case.

Wetenkamp knowingly used a federal stamp  without the “authority from the
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” the plea agreement states. “As a result of the sales of the wooden pallets falsely marked” with the agriculture department stamp  “caused losses of no less than $344,000 to customers of Timber Creek.”

The federal prosecutors in the case are Asst. U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad and  Asst. U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs (both of the Eastern District of Wisconsin), and U.S. Justice Department Senior Trial Attorney Daniel W. Dooher, Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C..


Date filed: 01/19/2017

Date of last filing: 01/19/2017

Russel Wetenkamp (1)

Office: Green Bay Filed: 01/19/2017

County: Manitowoc Terminated: Reopened:

Other Court Case: None

Count: 1 Citation: 18:1001.F Offense Level: 4

18:1001(a)(2) False Material Representation

Count: 2 Citation: 7:7734.F Offense Level: 4

7:7734(a)(1)(A)PLANT PROTECTION-VIOLATIONS

Defendant Custody Status:

Defendant: Russel Wetenkamp represented by Thomas E Phillip (Designation Federal Public Defender)

Phone: 920-430-9900

Fax: 920-430-9901

Email: Tom_Phillip@fd.org

Plaintiff: USA represented by Matthew L Jacobs (Designation Assistant US Attorney)

Phone: 414-297-4106

Fax: 414-297-1738

Email: matthew.jacobs2@usdoj.gov

Here is part of the plea agreement with federal prosecutors:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Plaintiff

vs

RUSSEL WETENKAMP,
Defendant

PLEA AGREEMENT
1. The United States of America, by its attorneys, Gregory J. Haanstad, United States
Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs, and Daniel W. Dooher, Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (collectively “the Government”) and the defendant, Russel Wetenkamp, individually and by attorney Thomas Phillip, pursuant to Rule 11 (c)(1 )(B) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, enter into the following plea agreement:

CHARGES

2. The defendant has been charged in a two-count information, which alleges
violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section lOO1(a)(2) and Title 7, United States Code, Section 7734(a)(l)(A).

3. The defendant has read and fully understands the charges contained in the
Information. He fully understands the nature and elements of the crimes with which he has been charged, and those charges and the terms and conditions of the plea agreement have been fully explained to him by his attorney.

4. The defendant voluntarily agrees to waive prosecution by indictment in open court.

5. The defendant voluntarily agrees to plead guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of the
Information, a copy of which accompanies this agreement as Attachment A.

6. The defendant acknowledges, understands, and agrees that he is, in fact, guilty of
the offenses charged in Counts 1 and 2 of the Information. The parties acknowledge and
understand that if this case were to proceed to trial, the government would be able to prove the following facts beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant admits that these facts are true and correct and establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt:

(a) The Plant Protection Act (“PPA), 7 U.S.C. § 7734 et seq., was enacted to control
the harm to products in commerce caused by the spread and infestation of
insects and microorganisms. The PPA is administered and enforced by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Pursuant to the PPA, and consistent with the
International Plant Protection Convention, wooden pallets that are used in
international commerce are required to undergo a heat treatment process that
prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or
microorganisms. The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an
International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-1 5”) stamp
certifying that they have been heat-treated in compliance with the PPA.
(b) From in or about May 2014 until in or about June 2015, Defendant Russel
Wetenkamp was the site manager at the Timber Creek Resource, LLC (Timber
Creek) facility located in Newton, Wisconsin.

(c) Timber Creek manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its
Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce.
(d) As required by the PPA, wooden pallets that Timber Creek sold for use in
international commerce from its Newton facility were required to undergo a
heat treatment process. Once heat-treated, each wooden pallet was required to be marked with an approved ISPM- 15 stamp to indicate that it had been heat-treated in compliance with the PPA.

(e) Pursuant to the PPA, the Secretary of Agriculture authorizes domestic
industry organizations to issue ISPM-1 5 stamps to facilities such as Timber
Creek that manufacture, recycle and repair wooden pallets for use in
international commerce. Timber Products Inspection, a member of the
American Lumber Standards Committee, was authorized by the Secretary of
Agriculture to issue ISPM-15 stamps.

(f) On or about July 2014, Timber Products Inspection issued an ISPM- 15 stamp, with the markings “US-167976 HT TP,” to Timber Creek. Thereafter, Timber Creek was authorized to sell wooden pallets bearing this stamp to customers for use in international commerce, as long as the pallets were properly heattreated.

(g) From in or about November2014, until on or about June 16,2015, at the Timber
Creek facility located in Newton, Wisconsin, Wetenkamp knowingly marked
and caused wooden pallets to be marked with stamp US-167976 HT TP,
representing that the pallets had been heat-treated, when in fact those pallets
had not been heat-treated.
(h) Wetenkamp also caused the pallets bearing stamp US-167976 HT TP to be sold
to numerous customers in the United States for use in international commerce.
Invoices and receipts issued to customers who purchased the wooden pallets
marked with stamp US-167976 HT TP also falsely represented that the pallets
had been heat-treated.
(i) On or about July 19, 2016, Wetenkamp admitted to a Special Agent from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture that from in or about November 2014 until on
or about June 16, 2015, he had marked and caused the marking of wooden
pallets with the stamp US- 167976 HT TP, and knew at the time that the marking falsely indicated that the pallets had been heat-treated by Timber Creek, when in fact they had not been heat-treated.

(j) With regard to Count 1, from no later than November 2014 until on or about June 16, 2015, Wetenkamp falsely marked and sold wooden pallets with stamp US-167976 HT TP, representing that they had been heat-treated, when in fact they were not heat-treated, thereby making a false material representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the United States. That is, the marking was a knowing false and material representation that had the capacity to influence the person or entity to which it was made concerning a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(k) With regard to Count 2, from no later than November 30,2014, until on or about
June 16, 2015, Wetenkamp falsely marked and sold wooden pallets as heattreated
with stamp US- 167976 HT TP, when in fact they were not heat-treated,
thereby knowingly using stamp US-167976 HT TP without authority from the
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(1) As a result of the sales of the wooden pallets falsely marked with stamp
US-167976 HT TP, Wetenkamp caused losses of no less than $344,000 to
customers of Timber Creek.
PENALTIES
7. The parties understand and agree that the offenses to which the defendant will enter
a plea of guilty carry the following maximum terms of imprisonment and fines: Count 1: Five years’ imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the pecuniary loss or gain resulting from the offense, whichever is greater, and a maximum of three years of supervised release to follow any term of imprisonment. Alternatively, the defendant may be sentenced to not less than one and
not more than five years of probation. The count also carries a mandatory special assessment of $100. Count 2: One year of imprisonment; a fine of up to $100,000 or twice the pecuniary loss or gain resulting from the offense, whichever is greater; and a maximum of one year of supervised release to follow any term of imprisonment. Alternatively, the defendant may be sentenced to up to five years of probation. The count also carries a mandatory special assessment of $25. The parties further recognize that a restitution order may be entered by the court. The parties’ acknowledgments, understandings, and agreements with regard to restitution are set forth in paragraph 31 of this agreement.
ELEMENTS
8. The parties understand and agree that in order to sustain the charge of making a
false statement as set forth in Count 1, the government must prove each of the following
propositions beyond a reasonable doubt:
First, the defendant made a representation; and
Second, the representation was false; and
Third, the representation was material; and
Fourth, the defendant made the false representation knowingly and willfully; and
Fifth, the defendant made the representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of
the executive branch of the government of the United States.
9. The parties understand and agree that in order to sustain the charge of unauthorized
use of an ISPM-15 stamp, as set forth in Count 2, the government must prove each of the following propositions beyond a reasonable doubt:

First, the defendant used a certificate, permit or other document issued pursuant to
the Plant Protection Act; and

Second, without authority from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture; and Third, the defendant acted knowingly.
SENTENCING PROVISIONS

10. The parties agree to waive the time limits in Fed. R. Crim. P. 32 relating to the
presentence report, including that the presentence report be disclosed not less than 35 days before the sentencing hearing, in favor of a schedule for disclosure, and the filing of any objections, to be established by the court at the change of plea hearing.

11. The parties acknowledge, understand, and agree that any sentence imposed by the
court will be pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act, and that the court will give due regard to the Sentencing Guidelines when sentencing the defendant.

12. The parties acknowledge and agree that they have discussed all of the sentencing
guidelines provisions which they believe to be applicable to the offenses charged in Counts

1 and 2 of the Information. The defendant acknowledges and agrees that his attorney in turn has discussed the applicable sentencing guidelines provisions with him to the defendant’s satisfaction.

13. The parties acknowledge and understand that prior to sentencing the United States
Probation Office will conduct its own investigation of the defendant’s criminal history. The parties further acknowledge and understand that, at the time the defendant enters a guilty plea, the parties may not have full and complete information regarding the defendant’s criminal history. The parties acknowledge, understand, and agree that the defendant may not move to withdraw the guilty plea solely as a result of the sentencing court’s determination of the defendant’s criminal history.
Sentencing Guidelines Calculations
FINANCIAL MATTERS

27. The defendant acknowledges and understands that any and all financial obligations
imposed by the sentencing court are due and payable in full immediately upon entry of the
judgment of conviction, or upon further order of the Court. The defendant further understands
that any payment schedule imposed by the sentencing court shall be the minimum the defendant
is expected to pay and that the government’s collection of any and all court imposed financial obligations is not limited to the payment schedule. The defendant agrees not to request any delay in payment of any financial obligations imposed by the court.
28. The defendant agrees to provide to the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) of the
United States Attorney’s Office, at least 30 days before sentencing, and also upon request of the FLU during any period of probation or supervised release imposed by the court, a complete and sworn financial statement on a form provided by FLU and any documentation required by the form.

VOLUNTARINESS OF DEFENDANT’S PLEA
39. The defendant acknowledges, understands, and agrees that he will plead guilty
freely and voluntarily because he is in fact guilty. The defendant further acknowledges and agrees
that no threats, promises, representations, or other inducements have been made, nor agreements reached, other than those set forth in this agreement, to induce the defendant to plead guilty.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I am the defendant. I am entering into this plea agreement freely and voluntarily. I am not
now on or under the influence of any drug, medication, alcohol, or other intoxicant or depressant,
whether or not prescribed by a physician, which would impair my ability to understand the terms
and conditions of this agreement. My attorney has reviewed every part of this agreement with me
and has advised me of the implications of the sentencing guidelines. I have discussed all aspects
of this case with my attorney and I am satisfied that my attorney has provided effective
assistance of counsel.
RUSSEL WETENKAMP
Defendant

ATTACHMENT A
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,

v.
RUSSEL WETENKAMP,
Defendant. INFORMATION
COUNT 1
THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY CHARGES:
1. At all times relevant to this Information:
a. Defendant Russel Wetenkamp was the site manager at the Timber Creek
Resource, LLC facility, located in Newton, Wisconsin.
b. Timber Creek Resource manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce.

c. The Plant Protection Act (“PPA), 7 U.S.C. § 7734 et seq., was enacted to control the spread and infestation of harm caused by insects and microorganisms to products in commerce. The PPA is administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pursuant to the PPA, wooden pallets that are used in international commerce are required to undergo a heat-treatment process that prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or microorganisms. The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-1 5”) stamp certifying that they have been heat treated in compliance with the PPA.

d. As required by the PPA, wooden pallets that Timber Creek Resource sold
for use in international commerce from its Newton facility were required to undergo a heat treatment process. Once heat treated, each wooden pallet was required to be marked with an approved ISPM- 15 stamp to indicate that it had been heat treated in compliance with the PPA.
e. Pursuant to the PPA, the Secretary of Agriculture authorizes domestic
industry organizations to issue ISPM- 15 stamps to facilities such as Timber Creek
Resource that manufacture, recycle and repair wooden pallets for use in international
commerce.
f. In or about July 2014, Timber Creek Resource was issued an ISPM-15
stamp, with the marking “US-167976 HT TP,” by a domestic industry organization
authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture. Timber Creek Resource was authorized to sell wooden pallets bearing this stamp to customers for use in international commerce, as long as the pallets were properly heat treated.

2. During the period from at least November 30, 2014, until on or about June 16, 2015,
in the State and Eastern District of Wisconsin, RUSSEL WETENKAMP did knowingly and willfully make and cause to be made a false material representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an agency of the executive branch of the United States; namely, marking wooden pallets with stamp US- 167976 HT TP to represent that the wooden pallets Timber Creek Resource sold to its customers had been heat treated, in compliance with standards promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, when in fact, as the defendant well knew, the pallets had not been heat treated.

All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 100 1(a)(2).

THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FURTHER CHARGES:
3. The allegations set forth in paragraph 1 of this information are incorporated in
support of this charge as if alleged here in full.

4. From at least November 30, 2014, until on or about June 16, 2015, in the State and
Eastern District of Wisconsin, RUSSEL WETENKAMP did knowingly use and cause the use of stamp US-167976 HT TP without authority from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; namely, marking wooden pallets with stamp US-167976 HT TP to represent that the wooden pallets Timber Creek Resource sold to its
customers had been heat treated, in compliance with standards promulgated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture pursuant to the PPA, when in fact the pallets had not been heat treated. All in violation of Title 7, United States Code, Section 7734(a)(1)(A).

Date GREGORY J. HAANSTAD
United States Attorney

United States v. Wetenkamp

Updated: Methed Up Ride: Child molester that drove rambling wreck – a rolling three-vehicle pileup – allegedly while hauling a gun and meth through Marquette County

Update on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 9 a.m. ET:

An initial hearing was held for the suspect – 39-year-old John Ramon Hauk  – in federal court in Marquette on Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley ordered Hauk held without bond until a future hearing.
This was part of the order issued Monday by
U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley:

ORDER OF DETENTION

Hauk “appeared before the undersigned on January 30, 2017, for an initial appearance on the criminal com plaint dated January 27, 2017.”

The government moved for a detention supported by pretrial services. Hauk was advised of the charges, his rights – including a probable cause hearing – and a detention hearing set for later this week


U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – Michigan Technically: The Rambling Wreck that a convicted WI child molester allegedly drove through west Ishpeming – has him and others in a heap of hot water Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 – 5:30 a.m. ET

Ashland, WI child molester busted by MSP, feds in Marquette County, MI

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A convicted Wisconsin child molester – who was driving the epitome of a rolling wreck through the Upper Peninsula while allegedly hauling meth and a gun – has been charged in federal court at Marquette, MI with being a felony in possession of a firearm.

john-ramon-hauk-2This morning 39-year-old John Ramon Hauk, whose last known address is 3rd Avenue in Ashland, WI is lodged in the Marquette County Jail for U.S. Marshals. Hauk was busted by a Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division Trooper Wells, who pulled over his pickup truck in Ishpeming Township on Nov. 10, 2016

Hauk has has been charged by the feds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“The pickup was towing a car dolly which was towing/hauling a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 4-door (dark blue) sedan,” the federal felony complaint states. “Officer Wells conducted this traffic stop” because the vehicles were “not configured with the proper brake lights.”

Police also questioned two passengers in the pickup truck: Tracy Patrick Tungate (front) and Lacey Lynn Eliason (rear seat).

The truck, dolly and Malibu were towed by police request and inventoried.

“Small amounts of suspected loose marijuana was found on the seats and floor area inside the pickup truck,” the complaint states. Police found “a loaded (.40 caliber) pistol with six rounds of ammunition in a black holster in the console between the front driver and passenger seats.”

“Officers found a locked container on the rear floor of the vehicle behind the front seats,” the complaint alleges. “The locked container was forced open to reveal approximately 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine.”

The two passengers “denied knowledge” of the drugs and gun, the complaint states.

However, all three were taken into custody that day – and ultimately state narcotics charges were filed against the passengers and now this federal charge against the driver.

The gun is a .40 caliber – Kahr, Model CW 40.

The complaint alleges that Hauk denied ownership of the vehicle and weapon – saying they belonged to his “girlfriend” Kaycie Noel Offutt.

Hauk claimed he did not know anything about the alleged meth.

Hauk is a “multi-convicted felon and registered sex offender” after a 1998 conviction for felony 2nd degree sexual assault of a child in Milwaukee County, WI. Plus Hauk has a 2013 conviction for bail-jumping in Ashland County, WI. He also did not have a valid driver’s license.

A confidential source told federal agents that he gave Hauk even more .40 caliber ammunition while the suspect was visiting a residence on Brookwood Lane in Chocolay Township. A federal search warrant on the vehicle turned up a 100-round box of Remington .40 caliber ammo.

The felony criminal complaint against Hauk was filed on Thurs. Jan. 27, 2017 by veteran U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent Raymond Petschke.

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Case Summary

2:17-mj-00002-TPG All Defendants USA v. Hauk
Date filed: 01/27/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

John Ramon Hauk  
Office: Northern Division (2)      Filed: 01/27/2017    
County: Marquette Terminated:      Reopened:    
Other Court Case: None
   
Complaint Citation:      Offense Level: 4  
     18:922G.F 18 USC 922(g)(1)the defendant, being a person who had been convicted of one or more offenses punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed ammunition in and affecting commerce, to wit: 100 rounds of Remington .40 caliber ammunition  
Defendant Custody Status:  
defendant: John Ramon Hauk
plaintiff: USA  represented by Maarten Vermaat(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney)

Phone: (906) 226-2500
Email: Maarten.Vermaat@usdoj.gov

Legend Steps Down Today: Larger than life, tough, and feared by the state’s most vicious drug dealers and pornographers – and yes – even controversial – We honor U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell – We Bring You His Honor’s Final Sentencings

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As unusual and independent as the Upper Peninsula where he ruled with an iron fist for 3 decades – Today and Tomorrow are Officially The Final Days for His Honor – The Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell

Plus we hope to hear today about the future of Eastern District of Michigan Federal Prosecutor Barbara McQuade

A new top federal prosecutor took the helm last week in the U.P. area and western half of the Lower Peninsula – The new top cop for the U.P. is Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge, who took over last week after the resignation/step-down of  U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr.  (all just an expected big federal shakeup with a new president from different party)

“The diversion of firearms for unlawful purposes or to those who cannot legally possess them endangers each and every member of our society,” said Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell at his final sentencing on Thursday

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The honorable 72-year-old U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell held his final sentencings last week.

This Judge’s judge naturally Command’s Respect (Reminds This Reporter of the Non-Nonsense, Order-In-The-Court, Hang ‘Em High, The Triple A Himself – The Late Great Federal – U.S. District Court Judge Anthony A. Alaimo in Georgia).

Like all federal judges in Michigan, Judge Bell’s impact was profound on every northern Michigan Indian Nation – whether it was tribal domestic violence, or the Founder of American Tribal Gambling Fred Dakota, or the many civil cases.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls – To Prison

Dealing With An Armed Crack Dealer:

Dealt 12 years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell in one of his final sentencings last week

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell sent many heavily armed and murderous drug dealers, gangs, gun-runners and just plain bad people to prison  – from the Upper Peninsula and down to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor.

In the federal system there is no parole, so when he sentences someone 20 or 30 years – that is what they serve.

Hey – Judge Bell even has a judge-looking appearance and official kind of name – just saying.

He was named (middle) after one of America’s most famous jurists.

There was even a brief filed last week with re-assignment of Judge Bell’s many criminal and civiol cases due to “Inactive senior status effective (tomorrow, Tuesday) January 31, 2017– in legal jargon – but it means retirement:

Judge Bell is scheduled to take inactive senior status effective January 31, 2017, and will be unavailable to conclude proceedings in these matter”


Judge Bell’s Second to Last Sentencing, followed by his final (scroll down to sees lots you do not expect):

Dealing With An Armed Crack Dealer:

Dealt 12 years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell in one of his final sentencings last week

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Armed crack kingpin Calvin Veernell Dennis was sentenced to nearly 12 years (140 months) in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell on Tues., Jan. 24, 2016 – the latest in numerous Michigan drug traffickers getting stiff prison terms

The decade plus in prison will be followed by three years supervised release

Calvin Veernell Dennis admitted being a highly armed cocaine trafficker and convicted felon in Kent County, MI.

Dennis pleaded guilty to felon in possession of firearms and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Colt Agent .38 revolver (Serial No. M53914) and 21 rounds of Winchester .38 spl. caliber ammunition

M-11, 9mm Cobroyo semiautomatic pistol and 60 rounds of 9mm ammunition

Smith and Wesson, model SW40VE, .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol (Serial No. RAY4273) and 20 rounds of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition

Tanfoglio, model TZ75, 9mm semiautomatic pistol (Serial No. H00704) and 16 rounds of Winchester Luger and Hornady 9mm ammunition

Rock River Arms, LAR 15, 5.56 caliber rifle (Serial No. CM179750) and 50 rounds of Remington .223 caliber ammunition

660 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition.

Case Summary

1:16-cr-00098-RHB All Defendants USA v. Dennis

Date filed: 05/25/2016

Date terminated: 01/24/2017

Calvin Veernell Dennis

Filed: 05/25/2016

Kent County, MI

Count: 1 citation: 18:922g.f offense level: 4 18:922(g)(1), 18:921(a), 18:924(a)(2)

Unlawful transport of firearms, etc.; felon in possession of firearms

Count: 2 citation: 18:922g.f offense level: 4 18:922(g)(1), 18:921(a), 18:924(a)(2)

Unlawful transport of firearms, etc.; felon in possession of ammunition

Count: 3 citation: 21:841a=nd.f offense level: 4 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Narcotics – sell, distribute, or dispense; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

Count: 4 citation: 18:924c.f offense level: 4 18:924(c)(1)(a)(i), 21:841(a)(1)

Violent crime/drugs/machine gun; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Defendant in Custody

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sally J. Berens

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: sally.berens@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel S. Fauson

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: joel.fauson@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Murnahan

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: jennifer.murnahan@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis M. Sanford

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: alexis.sanford@usdoj.gov

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Judge Bell’s Final Sentencing:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grand Rapids Man To Spend Five Years In Prison For Trafficking Firearms

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Donte Timothy Bacon, 31, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today.

In August, Bacon pled guilty to selling a firearm to a prohibited person and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Charles Lee Samuels, 28, earlier was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his lesser role in the crimes.

On five different occasions in August and September 2014, Bacon sold a firearm to a person who was not permitted to possess it under federal law. One of the firearms was sold with a high-capacity magazine. Two of those firearms had been purchased by Bacon and Samuels and were sold after Bacon removed the serial numbers. During the final transaction, Bacon and Samuels used a hand-grinder to remove the serial number at the time of sale.

In his final sentencing before retiring from the bench, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell observed the seriousness of trafficking firearms. Judge Bell ordered Bacon to serve three years of supervised release following his term of custody and expressed his hope that Bacon will return as a productive member to his community.

“The diversion of firearms for unlawful purposes or to those who cannot legally possess them endangers each and every member of our society,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Birge. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will prosecute those who willfully circumvent federal firearms laws designed to protect the public.”

“Selling firearms to prohibited individuals contributes to the cycle of gun violence plaguing our neighborhoods,” said Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “ATF will continue to use all available resources to put a stop to illegal gun sales. Let this conviction stand as a warning to others willing to put profit before public safety.”

The ATF conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Grand Rapids Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin M. Presant and Alexis M. Sanford prosecuted the case.

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Other federal court cases this past week you did not hear about:

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Five years in prison for coke/heroin dealer

Drug dealer Jamian Charles Pearce sentenced on Jan. 23, 2017 to five years (60 months) in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney for distributing heroin and cocaine in Kent County, MI in Feb. 2016.

After five years in prison, he will be on three years of supervised release.

On March 16, 2015, Muskegon County Law Enforcement arrested 32-year-old Jamian Charles Pearce for obstructing justice/probation violation in Muskegon, MI

Case Summary:

1:16-cr-00036-PLM-4 USA v. Hairston et al

Date filed: 02/25/2016

Date of last filing: 01/24/2017

Jamian Charles Pearce

Filed: 02/25/2016

Kent County, MI

Count: 1

Citation: 21:846=NP.F Offense Level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 3

citation: 21:846=np.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c), 18:2

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Count: 1s

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 3s

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c), 18:2

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Count: 1ss

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(b)(ii)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine

Defendant in custody

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark V. Courtade

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: mark.courtade@usdoj.gov


Three years in prison for identity theft

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Pedro Enrique Sanchez Pupo was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Jan.25, 2017 by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Jonker for aggravated identity theft crimes committed in 2015 in Kent County, MI:
In plea agreement, Pupo pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Her will serve his time – three years and a month- in a federal prison in Florida near his family.

Date of last filing: 01/28/2017

Pedro Enrique Sanchez Pupo

Filed: 12/01/2015

Kent County

Count: 1 Citation: 18:1349.F Offense Level: 4

18:1349, 18:1343

Attempt and conspiracy to commit fraud; conspiracy

Count: 2 citation: 18:1029a.f offense level: 4

18:1029(a)(3), 18:1029(c)(1)(a)(i), 18:2

Produces/traffics in counterfeit device; access device fraud

Count: 3 citation: 18:1028a.f offense level: 4

18:1028a(a)(1), 18:1028a(c)(4), (5), 18:1028a(b), 18:2

Fraud with identification documents; aggravated identity theft

Defendant in Custody

Federal Prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen W. Frank

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: hagen.frank@usdoj.gov



Ten years – 121 months in prison for distributing coke and heroin

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – One of the defendants in major heroin ring was sentenced to just over ten years in federal prison on Jan. 24, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney for distributing heroin and cocaine during Jan. 2016 in Kent County, MI.

Mario Cruz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin.

No parole in federal prison, and will be under three years supervised release when let out in a decade.

Case Summary

1:16-cr-00036-PLM-3 USA v. Hairston et al

Date filed: 02/25/2016

Date of last filing: 01/24/2017

Mario Cruz

Filed: 02/25/2016

Kent County

Other Court Case: 1:16-cr-169 Related Case

Count: 1 citation: 21:846=np.f offense level: 4

21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 2 citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4

21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin

Defendant in custody

Federal prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark V. Courtade

Email: mark.courtade at usdoj.gov



Read about the fancinating reign of a tough federal judge – who was feared by all the big time evil doers in the Upper Peninsula:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/pr/2017_0126_Bacon

https://www.apnews.com/cb2f330cae944accaeac06e0be6b56c2

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/10/federal_judge_robert_holmes_be.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/11/towering_figure_robert_holmes.html

http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/02/profile_us_district_court_judg.html

http://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/judges-info/judge-robert-h-bell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Holmes_Bell

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Casino Stabbing Indictments: Another arrest in alleged Jan. 2017 stabbing attack a premier casino run by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

INDICTED! – More charges in casino assault, stabbing, urinating incident

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A downstate couple have been indicted by the feds in connection with an alleged stabbing attack at the Odawa Casino and the woman was allegedly urinating at the craps table.

The alleged incident happened on January 15, 2017 at the Odawa Casino Resort at 1760 Lears Road in Petoskey, MI. Only the husband had been charged prior to the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids, MI on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017.

Aaron Martin Vorac and Carla Michele Weiskopf of Emmett County, MI are facing federal charges involving the alleged assault of a tribal police officer.

Vorac was indicted on a federal felony charge of “forcible assault and infliction of bodily injury on a federal officer.”

Weiskopf was indicted on two federal charges, felony “forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding a federal officer” and misdemeanor “disorderly persons” charge.

He allegedly fought with officers and allegedly stabbed on with an ink pen.

The second charge appears to be in connection with the alleged fray and urinating incident.
She is accused of being a “disorderly person, being intoxicated in a public place, and endangering the safety of another person.”

Read our original story – and/or scroll down to view the latest info we have including a defendant’s rights statement filed Friday for Vorac:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/18/casino-attack-charges-filed-again-man-for-alleged-stabbing-at-a-northern-michigan-casino-and-wife-was-allegedly-urinating-at-craps-table/

The charges were filed in the United States District Court Western District Of Michigan Southern Division.

The case was presented by Assistant United States Attorney Jeff J. Davis on behalf of the office of Acting United States Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge in Grand Rapids.

United States District Court Western District Of Michigan Southern Division

United States Of America, Plaintiff,

vs.

Aaron Martin Vorac And

Carla Michele Weiskopf,

Defendants.

_________________________________/ INDICTMENT

The Grand Jury charges:

COUNT 1

(Forcible Assault and Infliction of Bodily Injury on a Federal Officer)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, Aaron Martin Vorac, did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede and intimidate a law enforcement officer of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, inflicting bodily injury on account of the performance of his official duties as Commissioned Deputy Special Officer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior.

18 U.S.C. §111(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. §111(b)

COUNT 2

(Forcibly Assaulting, Resisting, Impeding a Federal Officer)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, Carla Michele Weiskopf, did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede and intimidate a law enforcement officer of the Little Traverse

Bay Band of Odawa Indians, on account of the performance of his official duties as Commissioned

Deputy Special Officer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior, and such acts

involved physical contact with the officer.

18 U.S.C. §111(a)(1)

COUNT 3

(Disorderly Persons)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in

Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant,

CARLA MICHELE WEISKOPF,

Was a disorderly person, being intoxicated in a public place, and endangering the safety of

another person and the property of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

M.C.L. §§750.167(1)(e) and 750.168(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1151

18 U.S.C. § 1152

18 U.S.C. § 13

A True Bill

____________________________________

Grand Jury Foreperson

Andrew Byerly Birge

Acting United States Attorney

___________________________________

Jeff J. Davis

Assistant United States Attorney

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/18/casino-attack-charges-filed-again-man-for-alleged-stabbing-at-a-northern-michigan-casino-and-wife-was-allegedly-urinating-at-craps-table/

http://wgrd.com/angry-casino-goer-stabs-cop-after-his-wife-pees-on-herself/

http://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/man-accused-of-stabbing-officer-at-casino-faces-federal-charges/article_7c028aa5-5b61-5bec-ae89-343b0694d249.html

Case Summary

1:17-cr-00039-RJJ-1 USA v. Vorac et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

Aaron Martin Vorac (1)  
Office: Southern Division (1)      Filed: 01/26/2017    
County: Emmet Terminated:      Reopened:    
Magistrate Case: 1:17-mj-00018-PJG    
     
Count: 1 Citation: 18:111.F     Offense Level: 4    
     18:111(a)(1), 18:111(b) ASSAULTING/RESISTING/IMPEDING OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES; forcible assault and infliction of bodily injury on a federal officer
Defendant Custody Status: Released
defendant: Aaron Martin Vorac  represented by  Michael Robert Bartish 

Phone: (616) 458-5500
Email: mike@springsteadbartish.com
 
defendant: Aaron Martin Vorac  represented by  Matthew George Borgula 

Phone: (616) 458-5500
Email: matt@springsteadbartish.com
 
plaintiff: USA  represented by  Jeff J. Davis(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney) 

Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: jeff.davis6@usdoj.gov
 

Case Summary

1:17-cr-00039-RJJ-2 USA v. Vorac et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

Carla Michele Weiskopf (2)  
Office: Southern Division (1)      Filed: 01/26/2017    
County: Emmet Terminated:      Reopened:    
Other Court Case: None
   
Count: 2 Citation: 18:111.F     Offense Level: 4  
     18:111(a)(1) ASSAULTING/RESISTING/IMPEDING OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES; forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding a federal officer  
Count: 3 Citation: 18:13-1500.F     Offense Level: 4  
     M.C.L.:750.167(1)(e) and 750.168(1), 18:1151, 18:1152, 18:13 AGGRAVATED OR FELONIOUS ASSAULT; disorderly persons  
Defendant Custody Status:  
defendant: Carla Michele Weiskopf      
plaintiff: USA  represented by  Jeff J. Davis(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney) 

Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: jeff.davis6@usdoj.gov
 

DEFENDANT’S RIGHTS

(in a Felony Case)

U.S. v.

Case No.

You have the right to have an attorney at every stage of this proceeding against you. You may hire your own attorney, or, if you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you at no charge.

You have the right not to incriminate yourself, that is, the right to remain silent at all times. Any statement you do make may be used against you at trial.

You have the right to have the charges against you reviewed by a grand jury. A grand jury consists of at least 16 and not more than 23 persons. The function of the grand jury is to decide whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that you are the one who committed it. If at least 12 grand jurors find probable cause, the grand jury will return an “indictment,” and the charges against you

can proceed to trial. If the grand jury fails to return an indictment, the charges against you may be dropped.

You have the right to plead not guilty and the right to a trial by a jury of 12 persons selected at random from this district. You are presumed to be innocent, and the government has the burden of proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

You have the right to a speedy, public, jury trial.

At trial, you have the right to testify (or remain silent), to present evidence, to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against you, to call witnesses in your own behalf, and to compel their attendance by subpoena.

You may plead any one of three ways: not guilty, guilty, or, with the consent of the court, no contest. If you refuse to plead, a plea of not guilty will be entered.

If you plead guilty or no contest, there will be no trial of any kind. By so pleading, you give up your right to a trial by jury or judge, your right against self-incrimination, and your right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against you and to call witnesses in your own behalf.

I certify that I have read and understand the above.

Defendant’s Signature

Attorney’s Signature

“Marquette County Prison” accused of not giving legal mail to inmates: Federal lawsuit against bosses, deputies in Marquette County Jail – is the latest legal bomb tossed by a Soo man convicted in an explosives case that made international headlines – Suit seeks $75 Million in Damages

URGENT URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-29-17 6 a.m. ET – Marquette County Jail officials accused of conspiracy not to giving mail to inmates – $75  million in damages sought – URGENT

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$75 Million Dollars Sought in Damages:

The 35-page, seven-count federal civil law suit against Marquette County Jail officials, turnkeys: The Mail Stops Here

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Former inmate accuses jailers of conspiring not to allow inmates to get mail including from attorneys and information vital to the prisoner’s defense

Lawsuit calls county jail – “Marquette County Prison”

Deputies, jail bosses accused in conspiracy to allegedly withhold mail from inmates – including from their attorneys

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A Sault Ste. Marie man – whose explosives case made international headlines and sent him to prison – has now tossed a legal bomb charging bosses and deputies at the Marquette County Jail of violating his civil rights including withholding all his important legal mail.

He is seeking $75 million dollars minimum in actual and punitive damages.

This unsatisfied inmate had his case compared in international stories with having more than the Oklahoma City bomber.

John Francis Lechner was arrested by federal agents including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on On Sept. 21, 2011 “for alleged felony violations” including “illegal possession, storage and transfer of explosives,” the suit states.

A jury convicted John Francis Lechner of multiple counts of explosive related offenses, and he was sentenced to four years and three months in prison – aka 51 months incarceration – followed by three years supervised release.

He is suing the bosses and unknown turnkeys at the Marquette County Jail – but because of the way the legal system works – the suit also names the entire Marquette County Board of Commissioners – and the U.S. Marshals Service

John Francis Lechner federal civil lawsuit filed on Jan. 9, 2017: Entered into court records this week on Thurs., Jan 26, 2017 and released publicly Saturday.

“The defendants overall conduct” was “so outrageous that it shocks the moral and legal conscience of the community,” the lawsuit states. “This outrageous conduct resulted in’ Lechner’s “shameless and brazen denial” of his civil rights and resulting in his “malfeasant incarceration in a federal prison.”

“The manner, method and design” of those employed in the Marquette County Jail “amounted to cold, callous and premeditated abuse of legal authority,” the suit alleges.

The “defendants regularly acted maliciously, unjustifiably, vindictively and deliberately designed to cause” Lechner “mental and emotional harm, humiliation and denial of effective assistance from counsel, denial of a fair trial and knowingly withholding exculpatory evidence” from Lechner and his attorneys.”

The lawsuit states that there have “been previous incidents” involving other inmates who are also alleged victims of the non-delivery of legal mail.

Lechner alleges that Marquette County officials “committed a conspiracy” to not deliver his legal male, states the lawsuit under the “facts and allegations.”

The federal lawsuit says those name allegedly violated Lechner’s rights under the First, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteen Amendment amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Lechner alleges he suffered “immediate and irreparable injury” and “ultimately causing wrongful incarceration in federal prison.”

Lechner “experienced extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, degradation and severe emotional anguish.”

Count 1:

Deprivation of civil rights

Count 2:

Conspiracy to interfere with civil rights

Count 3

Neglect or failure to prevent conspiracy

Count 4

Failure to adequately train and supervise deputies

Count 5

Negligent hiring, retention and failure to discipline or take necessary correction action

Count 6

Tort Outrage (common law)

Count 7

Intentional infliction of emotional distress

While in the Marquette County Jail, Lechner states he was housed in an “eight (8) man cell block” where he ate three times daily, laundry was cleaned three times a week, and he was allowed to use the commissary once a week.

However, Lechner was not happy with mail delivery – or lack thereof – no delivery of legal papers, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuits accused jail officials of “sporadic, random, erratic and inconsistent delivery of inmate male by the staff of the Marquette County Jail.”

The lawsuits alleges the non-delivery of the legal correspondence from Lechner’s attorneys amounts to a violation of his constitutional rights. Marquette County jail officials “regularly, deliberately, unjustifiably and maliciously” interfered with Lechner’s First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.

The undelivered mail involves legal paperwork from defense attorneys, that the suit describes as “intended for delivery on the same day.” Lechner alleges he did not find out about numerous legal mailings from his attorneys – all addressed to the Marquette County Jail – for 10 months beginning in Oct. 2011.

Lechner says his legal mail was discovered ‘by happenstance” when he was transferred on July 17, 2012 to the Chippewa County Jail. Alleging he did not received mail from his attorney while in the Marquette County Jail

Brought by ATF agents to the Marquette County Jail – suit describes it as the “Marquette County Prison”

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Legal Mail at issue:
Oct. 23, 2011
From Lisa Honeycoutt
4441 I-75 Business Spur
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Oct. 24, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Nov. 6, 2011
Audrey Plastino
1418 Hyde St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Nov. 21, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Dec. 19, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Dec. 26, 2011
From “Dooley” family
——-
Jan. 2, 2012
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Jan. 28, 2012
Audrey Plastino
1418 Hyde St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Feb. 7, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-
March 8, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-
March 15, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-
May 10, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-
May 28, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-
July 17, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
——-

 

Inmate John Francis Lechner
2:17-cv-00020 Lechner v. Marquette, County of et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/26/2017
Case Summary
Filed: 01/26/2017
Nature of Suit: 550
Cause: 28:1441 Petition for Removal
Chippewa County
Related Case: 17-55349-CZ
Marquette County Circuit Court
plaintiff: John Francis Lechner
defendant: Marquette, County of
defendant: Marquette County Board of Commissioners
defendant: Gerald O. Corkin
defendant: Debbie Pellow
defendant: Steve Pence
defendant: Paul Arsonault
defendant: Bruce Heikkila
defendant: Gregg Sippanen
defendant: Scott Erbisch
defendant: Marquette County Sheriff’s Department
defendant: Jack Schneider
defendant: Unknown Parties
defendant: Unknown Parties
Defendant: United States Marshal Service represented by Carolyn Ann Almassian
Phone: (616) 808-2028
Email: Carolyn.Almassian@usdoj.gov

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Federal Criminal Case Summary
2:11-cr-00049-GJQ-1 USA v. Lechner et al
Date filed: 10/04/2011
Date terminated: 12/03/2012
Date of last filing: 12/07/2016
John Francis Lechner (1)
Office: Northern Division (2) Filed: 10/04/2011
County: Chippewa Terminated: 12/03/2012 Reopened:
Magistrate Case: 2:11-mj-00041-TPG
Count: 1 citation: 18:842i.f offense level: 4
18:842(i)(1), 18:841(d)(f)(1), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 ship or transport explosive material interstate; possession of explosives while under indictment
Count: 2 citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(j)(m), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 importing explosive material; transportation of explosive materials
Count: 3 citation: 18:842b.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(b), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(j)(m), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material
Count: 4 citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(d)(2), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(l), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons;distribution of explosive materials to a convicted felon
Count: 5 citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f), 18:844(b), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291, 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq. Not conforming to storage of explosive material;improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 6 citation: 18:1001.F Offense level: 4
18:1001(a)(2) statements or entries generally; false statement to law enforcement
Count: 1s citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18:844(a)(1); 18:2(a); 75 fed. Reg. 1,085; 75 fed. Reg. Importing explosive material – transportation of explosive materials
Count: 3s citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j); 18:841(c)(d); 18:844(b); 75 fed. Reg. 1,085; 75 fed. Reg. 70, 291; 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq not conforming to storage of explosive material – improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 4s citation: 18:842i.f offense level: 4
18:842(i)(1); 18:841(d)(e)(f)(1); 18:844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 ship or transport explosive material interstate – possession of explosives while under indictment
Count: 5s citation: 18:1001.F Offense level: 4
18:1001(a)(2) statements or entries generally – false statement to law enforcement
Count: 6s citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18: 844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 importing explosive material – transportation of explosive materials
Count: 7s citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(b); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18:844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons – distribution of explosive materials
Count: 9s citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j); 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f); 18:844(b); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291; 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq not conforming to storage of explosive material – improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 8ss citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(d)(2), 18:841(c)(d)(1), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons; distribution of explosive materials to a convicted felon
Defendant custody status: released
Flags: appeal,closed,jurytrial,sealeddoc(s)
plaintiff: USA represented by Joel S. Fauson
Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: joel.fauson@usdoj.gov
plaintiff: USA represented by Maarten Vermaat
Phone: (906) 226-2500
Email: Maarten.Vermaat@usdoj.gov

Federal News Releases:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/second-michigan-man-arrested-explosives-investigation

https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/miw/news/2012/2012_0420_KKassab.html

Related info:

http://www.cheboygannews.com/article/20121204/NEWS/121209892

https://casetext.com/case/lechner-v-wilson

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/3676394/Lechner_v_Chippewa,_County_of_et_al

http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020150504F79/LECHNER%20v.%20COUNTY%20OF%20MARQUETTE

https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/miw/news/2012/2012_0420_KKassab.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-michigan-explosives-idUSTRE78Q51820110927

http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/15a0280p-06.pdf

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/22/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-in-explosives-case.html

http://law.justia.com/cases/michigan/court-of-appeals-unpublished/2010/20100727-c291857-60-291857-opn.html

http://newsok.com/article/feed/301181

http://www.clelaw.lib.oh.us/public/decision/CTA6/112015.html

http://www.dailytribune.com/article/DT/20110927/NEWS/309279984

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL TRANSPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2012

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today that Kenneth Ageed Kassab, age 53, a resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, was arraigned on April 19 in U.S. District Court in Marquette on charges of unlawful transportation of explosives and possession of explosives by a convicted felon. The superseding indictment (Link) alleges that these offenses took place in November 2010. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.

Kassab was listed in the superseding indictment (Link) as a co-defendant with John Francis Lechner, age 65, also a resident of Sault Ste. Marie. Lechner was originally the sole defendant in an explosives case stemming from the discovery of 4,200 pounds of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, commonly known as “ANFO,” and various other explosive materials, in September 2011. The superseding indictment, which replaces the original charges, repeats Lechner’s original charges and also adds charges relating to his possession of ANFO with Kassab in November 2010.

Lechner had been set to be tried on the original charges on May 21, 2012. With the addition of Kassab as a co-defendant, the trial date is likely to be rescheduled for later in the summer.

An indictment is merely an instrument to put the defendant on notice of the charges against him. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty by a jury of his peers.


04/19/2012

Second Michigan man arrested in explosives investigation

Suspected of possessing more than two tons of bomb-making materials

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A second man suspected to be involved in an explosives investigation was arrested Thursday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and deputies with the Chippewa County Sherriff’s Department.

Kenneth Kassab, 53, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was taken into custody without incident Thursday on charges related to the unlawful transportation of explosives and possession of explosives by a convicted felon.

Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.

Donald Davis, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan; David McCain, ATF special agent in charge in Detroit; and Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge for HSI Michigan and Ohio, announced the arrest.

Kassab was listed in a superseding indictment as a co-defendant with John Francis Lechner, 65, also a resident of Sault Ste. Marie. Lechner was originally the sole defendant in an explosives case stemming from the discovery of 4,200 pounds of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, commonly known as “ANFO,” and various other explosive materials, in September 2011. Lechner was arrested last September and remains in custody.

The superseding indictment repeats Lechner’s original charges and also adds charges relating to his possession of ANFO with Kassab in November 2010.

Lechner had been set to be tried on the original charges May 21, 2012. With the addition of Kassab as a co-defendant, the trial date is likely to be rescheduled for later in the summer.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

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Marquette Hotel Stabbing/Cutting; U.P. Hangings: U.P. Mental Health Cuts Spilling Into Public – Treat ’em and Street ’em with Pills

Saturday night stabbing/cutting reported at Ramada Inn in Marquette, MI; U.P. suicides and suicide attempts continue this morning

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Editor’s note to Marquette Police and Fire Department – U.P. Breaking news has always enjoyed a good relationship and cooperated with you folks, but still our email has not been added to your press releases. Please do so if you have the time – smile. (including anything about the Ramada Inn cuttings)
For decades this reporter and U.P. Breaking News did not believe in publicizing suicides. A total blackout. However, that old-fashioned approach by the media is not working – and actually helps hide the true depth of the problem.

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Marquette police, firefighters and paramedics were called late Saturday night to a reported self-inflicted female stabbing victim and a second male victim with cuts at the Ramada Inn located at 412 W. Washington Street in Marquette, MI.

However, little is known officially about the incident. Meanwhile, for at least the second time in a few days – a hanging was reported early today to police in the U.P. and this one involving a Delta County boy. 

“A 23-year-old female stabbed herself in the stomach,” a dispatcher told police and emergency personnel responding to the scene.

The victim allegedly stabbed herself “below the ribs on the right side,” the 911 dispatcher told emergency responders. “The female (victim) is disorderly in the (hotel) room … She doesn’t have the knife in her hands.”

Paramedics were told about a second victim : “There is a male with a laceration on his arm.” Police were on the scene for over an hour and a half – and then went to the U.P. Health System – Marquette hospital early today to continue their investigation. No word on the names or conditions of those involved. However, the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Firefighters and paramedics were briefly staged in the lobby while police secured the scene. Te dispatcher said 911 “were waiting word” from police on allowing emergency crews to enter the room to ensure “good status before you go in.” The room was quickly secured by police.

There is also no word on whether the case will end up with any criminal charges.

If the stabbing at the Ramada Inn was self-inflicted – it would become the second stabbing this winter to have associated mental health issues. A homeless man was arrested in Marquette in Nov. 2016 for a stabbing behind the Marquette warming center.

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/17/marquettescissorsstabbing

Marquette Police, Marquette firefighters and paramedics from U.P. Health System – Marquette were all called room 117 at the Ramada Inn just 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Meanwhile in Escanaba, MI early today, Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 word of a hanging involving a youth whose “mother cut him down” after discovering the young male in the basement. His age and condition is not known. The ictim was rushed to St. Francis Hospital.
U.P. Breaking News is withholding the address of this tragedy – as the family is suffering unimaginable pain –  as we did two days ago in the Copper Country. This comes about 48 hours after a reported hanging of a adult man in a Houghton County Barn.

This week alone, there were numerous incidents or raging children – and of defiant school children – in Escanaba and across the U.P. Folks this is real stuff. It is happening. Hopefully one day the U.P. media will do more to expose these and other issues.

An ongoing one-year investigation by U.P. Breaking News investigation into the mental health crisis in the U.P. has turned up many alarming facts – in addition to the shocking rise in suicides and attempted suicides – and a meth and prescription drug epidemic.

For example, ironically some the addiction problem is caused by the ‘treat ’em and street ’em” state and federal pill policies. Numerous military veterans have told U.P. Breaking News that the V.A. Hospital in Iron Mountain hands out pills because its the cheapest way to treat and street vets.

Meanwhile even drugs prescribed to help treat U.P. drug abusers in their teens to their 60s have found there way back onto the street to be abused – like the Box Heads of thew U.P. – all addicted to Suboxone – originally designed to treat opiate abuse. The crisis is so bad even those in mental health can not agree on how to reign in the problems and start fixing the issues. Some are long-timers just hoping to get a retirement and pension.

Bloody Budget Cuts – The Budget Axing of Poor People With Real Needs

U.P. Breaking News has traced state budget cuts and mismanagement of the Snyder Administration to deaths and other issues stretching from the corrections and understaffed prisons, to mental health to an overload in the court system.There state budget cuts have left experts with few tools other than medication on both the local and federal levels.

The cuts have also led to an environmental crisis in the U.P. and downstate. One example – other than the Flint water crisis – is the destruction and decimation of the deer population. the graft involving the acid mines were so bad, one of the original companies fled town, hoping the feds were not watching.

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Three snowmobile accidents in western U.P. and NE Wisconsin show need for extra care including with the lake-effect and blowing snow after strange (so-called) winter weather in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Alcohol believed factor in snowmobile crash early today, Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

One early morning wreck in Houghton County already early today: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

Take it easy on the trails: Speed, Alcohol and unpredictable Upper Peninsula snowmobile trails are bad mixture

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

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(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – Three snowmobile accidents – including one this morning in Houghton County – have been reported since Friday afternoon in the western U.P. and N.E. Wisconsin as the erratic U.P. Weather has already led to the postponing of a U.P. dogsled race.

With the heavy lake-effect and blowing snow warnings up for today snowmobilers should take extra caution – and remember the weird weather has caused what”s below the blanket to be somewhat of a mystery.

Car rollover:

A rollover vehicle accident with no injuries was also reported this morning on S. Mackinac Trail near 6 Mile Rd.

Snowmobile accident:

Police believe alcohol played a factor in this morning’s (Sat., Jan. 28, 2017) crash on Canal Road.

The victim was with a group of snowmobilers from the Minneapolis area.

The injured sledder lost control when the trail cross the road. He was reported lying in the middle of the road – and apparently suffered minor to moderate injuries. He was taken to the Portage hospital.

Snowmobile accident:

A man was reportedly seriously injured when his sled hi a tree in Iron County, WI. A Beacon ambulance from ironwood was set – and Aspirus Ironwood Hospital was put on stand by.

The accident was reported around Time after a female caller reported a snowmobile had hit and tree – and the victim was breathing but not responsive.

Snowmobile accident:

Meanwhile, earlier Friday afternoon emergency officials in Houghton County were called after a snowmobiler received head and facial injuries when his sled hit a fence and possibly bleachers in Osceola Township, MI.

The victim was cared for by the nice folks in the kitchen at Quincy’s Restaurant in Dollar Bay, MI.

Thankfully, his injuries are not life-threatening and he was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Other snowmobile incidents:

A snowmobile fire Friday night at a Houghton, MI motel

A 15-year-old boy causes incident early today, cops called, trying to get a snowmobile back from a Houghton County, MI towing company

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URGENT WEATHER BULLETIN – Gale force winds whip up Lake Superior snow storm: Heavy lake-effect snow and blowing snow expected in Marquette, Baraga, Alger, Luce, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft counties through the weekend – really entire U.P.

Heavy Snow: 10 inches to a foot or more

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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
403 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

LSZ162-240>251-263>267-292115-
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF A LINE FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO GRAND
PORTAGE MN BEYOND 5NM-SAXON HARBOR WI TO BLACK RIVER MI-
BLACK RIVER TO ONTONAGON MI-
ONTONAGON TO UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO EAGLE RIVER MI-
EAGLE RIVER TO MANITOU ISLAND MI-
MANITOU ISLAND TO POINT ISABELLE MI-
POINT ISABELLE TO LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO HURON ISLANDS MI INCLUDING
KEWEENAW AND HURON BAYS-HURON ISLANDS TO MARQUETTE MI-
MARQUETTE TO MUNISING MI-MUNISING TO GRAND MARAIS MI-
GRAND MARAIS TO WHITEFISH POINT MI-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE
CANAL MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER INCLUDING ISLE
ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE CANAL TO MANITOU
ISLAND MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR EAST OF A LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
AND WEST OF A LINE FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO WHITEFISH POINT MI 5NM OFF
SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
403 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017 /303 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN LAKE
SUPERIOR...CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR AND WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

NORTH TO NORTHWEST GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS TO 35 KNOTS ARE POSSIBLE
ACROSS CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR THIS MORNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NEED FOR WEATHER SPOTTER REPORTS IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS
TIME.

$$

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
403 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

MIZ001>007-009>014-084-085-292115-
KEWEENAW-ONTONAGON-NORTHERN HOUGHTON-BARAGA-MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-
GOGEBIC-IRON-DICKINSON-MENOMINEE-DELTA-SOUTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
SOUTHERN HOUGHTON-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
403 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017 /303 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF WESTERN UPPER
MICHIGAN AND CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOWS WILL AT TIMES IMPACT THE NORTH TO
NORTHWEST SNOW BELTS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. SEE THE LATEST WINTER
WEATHER MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOWS WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE NORTH TO
NORTHWEST WIND SNOW BELTS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR ON SUNDAY. SEE THE
LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

A WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED MONDAY
AFTERNOON INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT REPORTS TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO SUBMIT REPORTS
AT OUR WEBPAGE, FACEBOOK PAGE, OR ON TWITTER.

$$

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
348 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017

MNZ010>012-018>021-025-026-033>038-WIZ001>004-006>009-291430-
KOOCHICHING-NORTH ST. LOUIS-NORTHERN COOK/NORTHERN LAKE-
NORTH ITASCA-CENTRAL ST. LOUIS-SOUTHERN LAKE/NORTH SHORE-
SOUTHERN COOK/NORTH SHORE-NORTH CASS-SOUTH ITASCA-SOUTH CASS-
CROW WING-NORTHERN AITKIN-SOUTH AITKIN-CARLTON/SOUTH ST. LOUIS-
PINE-DOUGLAS-BAYFIELD-ASHLAND-IRON-BURNETT-WASHBURN-SAWYER-PRICE-
348 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST
MINNESOTA AND NORTHWEST WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS EVENING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL INTENSIFY
OVERNIGHT...WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. THERE IS A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR
IRON COUNTY IN EFFECT FROM TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PLEASE
REFER TO THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE AND FORECAST INFORMATION
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL CONTINUE SUNDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM TONIGHT
THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY IN NORTHEASTERN IRON COUNTY...ALONG AND
NEAR THE GOGEBIC RANGE...ARE EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 3 TO 6 INCHES.
THERE COULD BE SOME ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS.

A CANADIAN CLIPPER WILL MOVE THROUGH THE NORTHLAND MONDAY, AND
LIKELY BRING WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL, ABOUT 2 TO 5
INCHES, FROM THE MORNING THROUGH EVENING. THIS CLIPPER WILL LIKELY
AFFECT THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING WORK COMMUTES. MOTORISTS SHOULD
PREPARE FOR SLOWER TRAVEL, IF NOT DIFFICULT TRAVEL.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SNOW SPOTTERS ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT THEIR SNOWFALL MEASUREMENTS
TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

JTS/G2

MORE INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS:
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DULUTH (ALL LOWER CASE)

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
335 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

LHZ345>349-LMZ323-341-342-344>346-LSZ321-322-MIZ008-015>036-041-
042-291100-
STRAITS OF MACKINAC WITHIN 5 NM OF MACKINAC BRIDGE INCLUDING
MACKINAC ISLAND-ST IGNACE TO FALSE DETOUR CHANNEL-
5NM EAST OF MACKINAC BRIDGE TO PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT MI INCLUDING
BOIS BLANC ISLAND-
PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT TO STURGEON PT MI INCLUDING THUNDER BAY
NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY-STURGEON PT TO ALABASTER MI-
GRAND TRAVERSE BAY SOUTH OF A LINE GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT TO
NORWOOD MI-SEUL CHOIX POINT TO 5NM WEST OF MACKINAC BRIDGE-
NORWOOD MI TO 5NM WEST OF MACKINAC BRIDGE INCLUDING LITTLE
TRAVERSE BAY-SLEEPING BEAR POINT TO GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT MI-
POINT BETSIE TO SLEEPING BEAR POINT MI-
MANISTEE TO POINT BETSIE MI-
WHITEFISH BAY (U.S. PORTION)/WHITEFISH POINT TO POINT IROQUOIS MI-
ST. MARYS RIVER POINT IROQUOIS TO E. POTAGANNISSING BAY-CHIPPEWA-
MACKINAC-EMMET-CHEBOYGAN-PRESQUE ISLE-CHARLEVOIX-LEELANAU-ANTRIM-
OTSEGO-MONTMORENCY-ALPENA-BENZIE-GRAND TRAVERSE-KALKASKA-CRAWFORD-
OSCODA-ALCONA-MANISTEE-WEXFORD-MISSAUKEE-ROSCOMMON-OGEMAW-IOSCO-
GLADWIN-ARENAC-
335 PM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN...
EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN...AND ADJACENT NEARSHORE WATERS OF LAKE
MICHIGAN...LAKE HURON AND LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT.

PERIODIC HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS...SOME BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED
VISIBILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT PRIMARILY THE SNOWBELTS OF
EASTERN UPPER AND NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

PERIODIC HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS WILL IMPACT PRIMARILY THE SNOWBELTS
OF EASTERN UPPER AND NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.

ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH AN ALBERTA CLIPPER MONDAY NIGHT
THROUGH TUESDAY. PERIODS OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL OCCUR AFTER THE
CLIPPER...DIMINISHING BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS TO THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. REPORTS MAY BE MADE ONE OF THREE WAYS:

ONLINE:    WEATHER.GOV/GAYLORD
FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK.COM/NWSGAYLORD
TWITTER: TWITTER.COM/NWSGAYLORD

&&

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GAYLORD.

$$

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
157 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017

WIZ005-010>013-018>022-030-031-035>040-045-048>050-073-074-292000-
VILAS-ONEIDA-FOREST-FLORENCE-NORTHERN MARINETTE COUNTY-LINCOLN-
LANGLADE-MENOMINEE-NORTHERN OCONTO COUNTY-DOOR-MARATHON-SHAWANO-
WOOD-PORTAGE-WAUPACA-OUTAGAMIE-BROWN-KEWAUNEE-WAUSHARA-WINNEBAGO-
CALUMET-MANITOWOC-SOUTHERN MARINETTE COUNTY-
SOUTHERN OCONTO COUNTY-
157 PM CST SAT JAN 28 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

LAKE ENHANCED SNOW SHOWERS WILL INCREASE OVER FAR NORTH CENTRAL
WISCONSIN AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, WITH AN INCH OR TWO OF
ACCUMULATION EXPECTED IN VILAS COUNTY BY MORNING. ROADS WILL
BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE OVER FAR NORTH CENTRAL
WISCONSIN THROUGH SUNDAY, WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 3 INCHES OF
POWDERY SNOW ANTICIPATED ACROSS VILAS COUNTY. A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR VILAS COUNTY.

AN APPROACHING ALBERTA CLIPPER WILL BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW TO
THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT. MOST LOCATIONS SHOULD
RECEIVE 2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW...BUT LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE
POSSIBLE.

COLDER AIR BEING PULLED INTO THE REGION BEHIND THIS CLIPPER MAY
ONCE AGAIN ALLOW FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TO DEVELOP OVER FAR
NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY
NIGHT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTERS IN VILAS COUNTY ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD SNOWFALL
MEASUREMENTS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY LATE
TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY.

 

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Lake effect snow and blowing advisory for entire U.P. – it’s gonna snow off and on – mainly on – in the snow belts all day:

Looks like Houghton and Keweenaw Counties are getting hit with snow – snowplow driver at 6:22 a.m. ET:

“I can’t hardly see where I am driving right now because the snow is so heavy.”

A snowplow driver in the Houghton/Keweenaw counties area of the Copper Country said it all at 6:15 a.m. this morning, Sat. Jan. 28, 2017:

“Holy crap is snowing here now – you can hardly see where you are driving”

URGENT WEATHER BULLETIN – Heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow expected in Marquette, Baraga, Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties through this Saturday afternoon – and overnight Sunday in Gogebic County and Ontonagon County

A lake-effect snow and blowing snow weekend: U.P. snow belts to be hit today and Sunday with Lake-effect snow – warnings issued at 3:45 a.m. ET today, Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

Winter Weather Advisory

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Small Craft Advisory

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
517 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

MIZ001>007-009>014-084-085-291200-
KEWEENAW-ONTONAGON-NORTHERN HOUGHTON-BARAGA-MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-
GOGEBIC-IRON-DICKINSON-MENOMINEE-DELTA-SOUTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
SOUTHERN HOUGHTON-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
517 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017 /417 AM CST SAT JAN 28 2017/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF WESTERN UPPER
MICHIGAN AND CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOWS WILL AT TIMES IMPACT THE NORTH TO
NORTHWEST SNOW BELTS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. THERE WILL ALSO BE AREAS
OF BLOWING SNOW TODAY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. SEE THE LATEST WINTER
WEATHER MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

WAVES ON LAKE SUPERIOR AS HIGH AS 8 TO 10 FEET THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING MAY CAUSE MINOR BEACH EROSION ALONG THE SHORE OVER
PORTIONS OF THE NORTH CENTRAL.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOWS WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE NORTH TO
NORTHWEST WIND SNOW BELTS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR ON SUNDAY. SEE THE
LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

A WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED MONDAY
AFTERNOON AND MONDAY NIGHT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT REPORTS TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO SUBMIT REPORTS
AT OUR WEBPAGE, FACEBOOK PAGE, OR ON TWITTER.

$$

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
517 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

LSZ162-240>251-263>267-291200-
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF A LINE FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO GRAND
PORTAGE MN BEYOND 5NM-SAXON HARBOR WI TO BLACK RIVER MI-
BLACK RIVER TO ONTONAGON MI-
ONTONAGON TO UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO EAGLE RIVER MI-
EAGLE RIVER TO MANITOU ISLAND MI-
MANITOU ISLAND TO POINT ISABELLE MI-
POINT ISABELLE TO LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO HURON ISLANDS MI INCLUDING
KEWEENAW AND HURON BAYS-HURON ISLANDS TO MARQUETTE MI-
MARQUETTE TO MUNISING MI-MUNISING TO GRAND MARAIS MI-
GRAND MARAIS TO WHITEFISH POINT MI-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE
CANAL MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER INCLUDING ISLE
ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE CANAL TO MANITOU
ISLAND MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR EAST OF A LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
AND WEST OF A LINE FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO WHITEFISH POINT MI 5NM OFF
SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
517 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017 /417 AM CST SAT JAN 28 2017/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN LAKE
SUPERIOR...CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR AND WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

NORTH TO NORTHWEST GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS TO 35 KNOTS ARE POSSIBLE
ACROSS CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR THIS MORNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NEED FOR WEATHER SPOTTER REPORTS IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS
TIME.

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A lake effect snow advisory has been posted starting at 7 a.m. today for Baraga County, Marquette County, Luce County, Alger County and Schoolcraft County including the cities of L’Anse, Gwinn, Marquette, Seney, Grand Marais, Munising, and Newberry.

Lake effect snow warnings posted for tonight in Ontonagon County and Gogebic County in the western U.P. including cities of Ironwood and Ontonagon for Midnight, tonight Sat., Jan. 28, 2017  through 3 p.m. Central Time on Sunday

Lake-effect snow and blowing snow along Lake Superior snow belts – snow already falling in some areas – snowplows drivers in Copper Country say it is snowing one minute and not the next – but it will turn to all snow by 7 a.m. ET

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Small Craft Advisory

http://www.weather.gov/mqt/

“I’m going to call another guy in – this looks like it could get out of hand very quickly here,” said a snow plow driver at 5:06 a.m. ET in Houghton County, adding it looks like a mix of rain and snow.

“It’s almost like pellets,” said a snowplow operator in Houghton /Keweenaw county at 4:53 a.m. ET today. “I have to have my defrosters on because its like ice.”

“It’s wonder weather – you wonder what its going to do next,” the driver said.

“That’s a big 10-4 there,” said another driver with a understanding chuckle.

A lake effect snow advisory has been posted starting at 7 a.m. today for Baraga County, Marquette County, Luce County, Alger County and Schoolcraft County including the cities of L’Anse, Gwinn, Marquette, Seney, Grand Marais, Munising, and Newberry.

Lake effect snow warnings now [posted for tonight in Ontonagon County and Gogebic County in the western U.P. including cities of Ironwood and Ontonagon for Midnight, tonight Sat., Jan. 28, 2017  through 3 p.m. Central Time on Sunday

updated at 4:30 a.m.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW THROUGH SUNDAY...

MIZ006-007-085-281800-
/O.EXT.KMQT.LE.Y.0003.170128T1200Z-170130T0000Z/
ALGER-LUCE-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GRAND MARAIS, MUNISING, NEWBERRY,
AND SENEY
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:

 * EXPECT FLUFFY LAKE EFFECT SNOW TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING. SNOW
   SHOWERS WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES INTO SUNDAY EVENING,
   BEFORE DIMINISHING BY MIDNIGHT SUNDAY NIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOW
   WILL OCCUR TODAY AND AGAIN LATE TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

 * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND
   DRIFTING SNOW FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING INTO THIS EVENING, ESPECIALLY
   NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

 * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
   THROUGH SUNDAY. THE MOST SNOW WILL OCCUR OVER THE SNOW BELTS OF
   ALGER COUNTY, INCLUDING FOREST LAKE, SHINGLETON AND MELSTRAND
   AND ALSO ALONG AND NORTH OF THE SENEY STRETCH IN SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY.
   THE LEAST SNOW WILL FALL SOUTH OF M-28 IN LUCE COUNTY.
   ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER ONE FOOT ARE POSSIBLE.

IMPACTS:

 * PLAN ON DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS
   AND LOW VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

 * A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
   FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. USE
   CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

 * PREPARE, PLAN, AND STAY INFORMED. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

$$

JLA

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW THROUGH SUNDAY...

MIZ002-009-281800-
/O.NEW.KMQT.LE.Y.0004.170129T0500Z-170129T2100Z/
ONTONAGON-GOGEBIC-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ONTONAGON AND IRONWOOD
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017 /245 AM CST SAT JAN 28 2017/

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EST /11 PM
CST/ TONIGHT TO 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE HAS ISSUED A LAKE
EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM MIDNIGHT EST /11 PM CST/ TONIGHT TO 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/
SUNDAY.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:

 * AFTER MAINLY LIGHT LAKE EFFECT SNOW DURING THE DAY TODAY,
   EXPECT HEAVIER FLUFFY LAKE EFFECT SNOW OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO
   SUNDAY MORNING, BEFORE DIMINISHING SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST
   SNOWFALL RATES WILL OCCUR FROM 4 AM EST SUNDAY THROUGH NOON
   EST SUNDAY.

 * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY OF 6 TO 9 INCHES ARE
   EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF M-28, INCLUDING AT IRONWOOD, BERGLAND,
   WHITE PINE AND ROCKLAND. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES
   WILL OCCUR FARTHER INLAND AT PAULDING AND WATERSMEET.

IMPACTS:

 * PLAN ON DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS
   AND LOW VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE-EFFECT SNOW IS
   FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS.

 * PREPARE, PLAN, AND STAY INFORMED. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

&&

$$

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW THROUGH SUNDAY...

MIZ004-005-281800-
/O.EXB.KMQT.LE.Y.0003.170128T1200Z-170128T2200Z/
BARAGA-MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF L`ANSE, GWINN, AND MARQUETTE
345 AM EST SAT JAN 28 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO
5 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE HAS ISSUED A LAKE
EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW, WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:

 * EXPECT FLUFFY LAKE EFFECT SNOW TO INCREASE THIS MORNING AND
   THEN TO DIMINISH LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL
   RATES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 7 AM THIS MORNING AND AND 1 PM THIS
   AFTERNOON.

 * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 30 MPH WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND
   DRIFTING SNOW, ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR FROM 7 AM THIS
   MORNING INTO EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

 * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH
   MOST OF THE SNOW ACCUMULATION OCCURRING FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
   INTO EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. THE MOST SNOW IS EXPECTED OVER THE
   HIGHER TERRAIN AREAS FROM HERMAN IN BARAGA COUNTY, TO NEGAUNEE
   AND LITTLE LAKE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY. THE LEAST SNOW WILL OCCUR
   FROM WATTON TO REPUBLIC TO ARNOLD.

IMPACTS:

 * PLAN ON DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS
   AND LOW VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

 * A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
   FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. USE
   CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

 * PREPARE, PLAN, AND STAY INFORMED. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

Previous alerts:

URGENT WEATHER BULLETIN – Heavy lake effect snow expected today, Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

ATTENTION Cities of Munising, Newberry and Seney – Lake effect snow expected in Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties

The National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, MI issued this lake effect advisory for Saturday, Jan., 28, 2017:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
1132 PM EST FRI JAN 27 2017

...MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOW EXPECTED ON SATURDAY...

MIZ006-007-085-281100-
/O.CON.KMQT.LE.Y.0003.170128T1200Z-170128T2100Z/
ALGER-LUCE-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GRAND MARAIS, MUNISING, NEWBERRY,
AND SENEY
1132 PM EST FRI JAN 27 2017

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM
EST SATURDAY...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:

 * EXPECT LAKE EFFECT SNOW TO INTENSIFY AROUND 7 AM SATURDAY AND
   LINGER THROUGH 4 PM SATURDAY WITH PERIODS OF BLOWING SNOW.

 * THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL RATES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 7 AM AND 1 PM
   SATURDAY.

 * COMBINATION OF MODERATE SNOW AND WIND GUSTS OF 20 TO 25 MPH
   WILL CAUSE VISIBILITIES TO DROP BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES.

 * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
   SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS.

IMPACTS:

 * PLAN ON WORSENING TRAVEL CONDITIONS WITH ROADS BECOMING SNOW
   COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

 * EXPECT REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

 * A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
   FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. USE
   CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

 * PREPARE, PLAN, AND STAY INFORMED. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

More Allegations Tonight that Corrections Officers at the Marquette Branch Prison are Callously Allowing Inmates to Die: U.P. Prison Deaths, Abuses Part #1 – Plus we will expose the abuse of elderly inmates and the real fear a corrections officer will be murdered this year – after two vicious attacks on COs at Marquette Branch in the finals months of 2016

More Allegations Tonight that Corrections Officers at the Marquette Branch Prison are Callously Allowing Inmates to Die

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U.P. Prison Deaths, Abuses Part #1: Plus we will expose the abuse of elderly inmates and the real fear a corrections officer will be murdered this year – after two vicious attacks on COs at Marquette Branch in the finals months of 2016

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U.P. Breaking News asks: Have State Budget Cuts and Under-Staffing Caused the Inmates and Corrections Officer to Go to War – Killing Each Other Off?

Suspicious U.P. Prison Inmate Deaths

We will expose the abuse of elderly inmates and the real fear a corrections officer will be murdered this year – after two vicious attacks on COs at Marquette Branch in the finals months of 2016

U.P. Prison Deaths of Young Inmates Continues, MDOC Refuses to Account for these Dead Young Inmates

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

U.P. Breaking News has been contacted by dozens of current and former corrections officers plus the families of inmates about the short-staffing, a real concern of another riot and COs being killed, plus numerous unexplained and suspicious deaths of young inmates.

Two attacks at the Marquette Branch prison – in the finals months of 2016 – injured three corrections officers. The state has refused to confirm the second attack reported exclusively by U.P. Breaking News on New Year’s Eve just hours before 2017.

Having said that, U.P. Breaking News has been contacted about suspicious numerous deaths in the past two years at the Marquette Branch Prison. U.P. Breaking News documented the death of a 30-year-old Saginaw inmate in Marquette Branch.

Our investigation shows that the Marquette Branch Prison corrections officers did not even call ambulance for the young man in a segregation cells – claimed to perform CPR for 45 minutes, apparently re-positioned the body and lied to Michigan State Police investigators.

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Then an officer tried to get a U.P. Health System doctor to declare the inmate dead over the radio sight unseen.

That inmate is 30-year-old Derrick Siminski of Saginaw, MI – who would have been paroled soon and was in prison on marijuana charges.

Our investigation shows that MSP should consider arresting some of the corrections officers involved in the incident.

A federal lawsuit was just filed in the 2014 hanging of a Marquette inmate was allegedly met without concern or care by corrections officers.

In Part #2: U.P. Breaking News exposes the recordings of the past week at two state prisons in Chippewa County.

This week alone two inmates have died; and other taken to hospital including three in one night

Plus in Stories About The Lack of Care and Abuses Against Elderly Inmates – who sit in their own excrement

More Allegations Tonight that Corrections Officers at the Marquette Branch Prison are Callously Allowing Inmates to Die.

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Below read the 14-page, three-count federal court civil suit filed by the estate of an inmate who hung himself – while corrections officers allegedly did little or nothing to help him – and allegedly encouraged the man to kill himself.

This lawsuit had been filed earlier in Marquette County Circuit Court, however the U.P. media never asks about what is happening in the clerk’s offices across the U.P. – where public records cost 100 times more than the charge by the feds for public records. In a normal area, the lawsuit would have been printed in the local newspaper.

U.P. Breaking News has battled the U.P. county court system – and in addition to high fees – they delay delay delay. Many counties actually use public records to boost their general fund – in violation of state law.

Another shocking fact, after reviewing literally dozens and dozens of federal lawsuits – it seems that U.P. prisoners – never – ever – ever win – not even once. Federal judges never side with U.P. prisoners.
If you have information to the contrary we’d love to see it.

The suit was filed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 on behalf of the estate of inmate Jeremy Alan Garza.

The lawsuit names the warden, two deputy wardens and three corrections officers (scroll down to read the shocking allegations). Named are MBP Warden Robert Napel, Deputy Warden Alexander, Deputy Warden Shane Place, and corrections officers Daniel Kessler and Yvonne Whitney.

The suit alleges that corrections officers taunted the psychiatric inmate to kill himself – and he did on April 10, 2014.

The suit states:

Garza “was found hanging in his cell around 11:05 a.m. … That at 11:55 a.m. Garza was pronounced dead.”

” Jeremy Garza died as a result of Defendants” refusal “to respond to Garza’s safety complaints.”

Read the lawsuit: jeremy-garza-estate-lawsuit-against-mbp-1-25-17


Many questions are being raised tonight by those shock about the deaths of at least two U.P. prison inmates over the past week in the eastern U.P. The events occurred at the Chippewa Correctional facility and the riot-torn Kinross correctional Facility.

U.P. Breaking News has learned that inmates are being accused of causing the Kinross Riot – even though the state went to great lengths to say it was not a riot.

Plus three inmates were down in one night at the two state prisons in Chippewa County – including one who took a unknown amount of pills (that alone is alarming).

Related Links:
https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/01/young-marquette-branch-prison-inmate-died-tonight-unexplained-u-p-prison-deaths-continue-what-is-happening/
http://www.michigan.gov/corrections/0,4551,7-119-68854_1381_1388-5326–,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette_Branch_Prison
https://plus.google.com/+UpperPeninsulaBreakingNewsGregPeterson/posts/aJy7kc7QLgE
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/495114552758122924/
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/09/08/officer-stabbed-inmate-marquette-branch-prison/89992450/

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN NORTHERN DIVISION
DARREN FINDLING, as Personal Representative for The Estate of JEREMY ALAN GARZA, deceased, Plaintiff

v

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, WARDEN ROBERT NAPEL, individually
and in his official capacity

DEPUTY WARDEN ALEXANDER, individually and in his official capacity,

DEPUTY WARDEN SHANE PLACE, individually and in his official capacity, CO WAGNER, individually and in his official capacity,

CO DANIEL KESSLER, individually and in his official capacity, CO AARON VITALA, individually and in his official capacity,

CO YVONNE WHITNEY, individually and in her
official capacity,

CO ROBERT LAFOREST, individually and in his official capacity, CO CUCCHI, individually and in his official capacity, and SGT. BUSH, individually and in his official capacity, Jointly and Severally, Defendants.

S. JAY AHMAD (P43206)
VEN R. JOHNSON (P39219)
JOHNSON LAW, PLC

Attorneys for Plaintiff
535 Griswold, Suite 2632
Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 324-8300
vjohnson@venjohnsonlaw.com
jahmad@venjohnsonlaw.com
COMPLAINT AND JURY DEMAND

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A civil action between these parties or other parties arising out of the transaction or occurrence alleged in the complaint has beenpreviously filed in the Marquette County Circuit Court, docket number 14-2163-NH, assigned to Judge Michael J. Beale
s S. Jay Ahmad_______
S. JAY AHMAD (P43206)

NOW COMES Plaintiff, DARREN FINDLING, as Personal Representative for the Estate of JEREMY ALAN GARZA, deceased, by and through his attorneys, JOHNSON LAW, PLC and for his Complaint against the above-named defendants, states as follows

JURISDICTION
1. That this action arises under the United Sates Constitution, particularly under the provisions of the Fourteenth, Fourth and Eighth Amendments of the United States Constitution and under the laws of the United States, particularly under the Civil Rights Act, Title 42 of the United States Code, Sections 1983 and 1988.
2. That this court has jurisdiction of this cause under the provisions of Title 28 of the United States Code, sections 1331 and 1343 and pendant jurisdiction over state claims which arise out of the nucleus of operative facts common to Plaintiff’s federal claims.

3. That Plaintiff brings suit against each and every Defendant in both their individual and official capacities.
4. That each and all of the acts of the Defendants set forth, MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, WARDEN ROBERT NAPEL, DEPUTY WARDEN ALEXANDER, DEPUTY WARDEN SHANE PLACE, CO WAGNER, CO AARON VITALA, CO YVONNE WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, were done by the Defendants under the color and pretense of the statutes, ordinances, regulations, laws, customs, and usages of the State of Michigan, and by virtue of and under the authority of the Defendants’ employment with the State of Michigan.

5. That the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, is responsible for, and does in fact, hire train, supervise, and instruct wardens, deputy wardens, sergeants and correctional officers of all grades in the performance of their duties.
6. The amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.00, exclusive of Plaintiff’s claims for costs, attorney fees, interest and punitive damages.
PARTIES

7. Plaintiff’s decedent, JEREMY ALAN GARZA (“GARZA”), was a citizen and resident of Alma, County of Gratiot, State of Michigan and of the United States and is entitled to all rights, privileges, and immunities accorded to all citizens of the United States.
8. That Defendant MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (“MDOC”) is formed pursuant to the laws of Michigan, and one of the functions of the MDOC is to organize, train, operate and staff correctional officer personnel in correctional facilities.
9. That Defendant WARDEN ROBERT NAPEL (“NAPEL”) , based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as warden of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.
10. That Defendant DEPUTY WARDEN ALEXANDER (“ALEXANDER”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as deputy warden of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.
11. That Defendant DEPUTY WARDEN SHANE PLACE (“PLACE”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as deputy warden of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.
12. That Defendant CO WAGNER (“WAGNER”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.

13. That Defendant CO AARON VITALA (“VITALA”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.
14. That Defendant CO YVONNE WHITNEY(“WHITNEY”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.

15. That Defendant CO ROBERT LAFOREST(“LAFOREST”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Case 217-cv-00018-GJQ-TPG ECF No. 1 filed 012517 the State of Michigan, and the United States.
16. That Defendant CO CUCCHI (“CUCCHI”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.

17. That Defendant SGT. BUSH (“BUSH”), based on information and belief, is or was employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections as a correction officer of the Marquette Branch Prison and was responsible for ensuring that Defendants enforced and abided by the policies and regulations of the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, the State of Michigan, and the United States.
COMMON FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS
18. Plaintiff hereby re-alleges each and every allegation in paragraphs 1 through 16 of this Complaint as if fully stated herein.
19. That GARZA was incarcerated at the Marquette Branch Prison, Level V.
20. That GARZA suffered from a psychiatric condition that Defendants failed to treat properly.
21. On April 10, 2014, the Michigan Department of Corrections records indicate that GARZA had a visitation with his mother Barbara Garza around 830 a.m. and that the visitation concluded at approximately 1030 a.m.
22. That after returning to his cell, GARZA observed Defendants WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, LAFOREST, andor CUCCHI, removing personal items from his cell for no apparent reason.
23. That GARZA complained to the Defendants, that they should leave his personal belongings alone, but they refused and gave no explanation as to why they were removing his belongings.
24. That as a result of the Defendants behavior, GARZA told the Defendants that he was going to kill himself.
25. That Defendants WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, LAFOREST, andor CUCCHI, started to laugh at GARZA and told him to “go ahead and do it”.

26. That on April 10, 2014, the Michigan Department of Corrections records indicate that GARZA was found hanging in his cell around 1105 a.m.
27. That at 1155 a.m. GARZA was pronounced dead.
28. Jeremy Garza died as a result of Defendants WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, LAFOREST, andor CUCCHI, refusal to respond to GARZA’s safety complaints.

COUNT I 42 USC 1983 CONSTITUTIONAL DEPRIVATIONS

29. Plaintiff hereby re-alleges each and every allegation contained in paragraphs 1 through 27 of this Complaint as if fully stated herein.

30. That the action and omission of acts by the Defendants under 42 USC Section 1983 was unreasonable and performed knowingly, deliberately, intentionally, maliciously, with gross negligence, callousness, and reckless indifference to Plaintiff’s well-being and in disregard of Plaintiff’s safety, with wanton intent for Plaintiff to suffer the unnecessary and intentional infliction of pain, failure to obtain timely medical treatment, and failure to properly train, supervise, develop and implement policies providing adequate medical and psychiatric treatment to an inmate and by reason of which Plaintiff is entitled to compensatory and punitive damages.

31. That the conduct of the Defendants, MDOC, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, individually, andor as agents of the State of Michigan, deprived Plaintiff’s decedent, GARZA, of his clearly established rights, privileges and immunities in violation of the Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States, and of 42 USC Section 1983.
32. That the conduct of the Defendants, MDOC, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, individually, andor as agents of the State of Michigan, exhibited a deliberate indifference by intentional acts, gross negligence andor engaging in omissions to breach Plaintiff’s public safety and causing constitutional deprivation of his individual rights to wit

a. Failure to properly prescribe and monitor the appropriate medications for a mentally ill prisoner;
b. Failure to render the proper medical attention to a prisoner who was mentally ill;
c. Failure to properly train correction officers in the evaluation of whether a inmate needs medical treatment;
d. Failure to transfer Plaintiff’s decedent to a hospital to receive the necessary medical care;
e. A reasonable correction officer in Defendants’ position at the time of this incident prior to the decedent’s death, would have known that in light of the pre-existing law, that the unlawfulness of ignoring Plaintiff’s suicidal ideation statement was apparent and to ignore it under those circumstances would be a violation of that clearly established law;
f. Any and all other breaches as they become known throughout the course of this litigation.
33. That as a direct and proximate result of the aforementioned conduct and omissions of Defendants, MDOC, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, individually, andor as agents of the State Case 217-cv-00018-GJQ-TPG ECF No. 1 filed 012517 PageID.7 Page 7 of 14
of Michigan, Plaintiff’s decedent, GARZA, suffered pain, anguish, and ultimately death.
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff requests the following relief
a. Reasonable medical, funeral and burial expenses;
b. Conscious pain and suffering between the time of his injury and his death;
c. Loss of financial support;
d. Loss of service;
e. Loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities;
f. Loss of comfort, society and companionship;
g. Compensatory and punitive damages; and
h. Any and all other damages otherwise recoverable under USC Section 1983 and Section 1988.
COUNT II FAILURE TO TRAIN, INADEQUATE POLICIES ANDOR PROCEDURES, CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES AND FAILURE TO SUPERVISE- DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE- MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

34. Plaintiff hereby re-alleges each and every allegation contained in paragraphs 1 through 33 of this Complaint as if fully stated herein.
35. Pursuant to 42 USC § 1983, as well as the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, Defendant MDOC owed GARZA certain duties to properly supervise, monitor and train its correctional officers and staff so as to monitor and supervise the jail’s prisoners so that they would detect serious medical conditions and facilitate prompt and immediate medical attention and/or transport to a hospital ER.
36. That Defendant, in its representative and official capacity, has maintained a custom and policy of improper training and supervision of its employees. Defendant is not protected by governmental immunity when following a policy that deprives individuals of their constitutional rights. Monell v N.Y. City Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 436 658, 690-91, 692 (1978).

37. That Defendant MDOC, was aware of previous incidents where individuals who were incarcerated at the Marquette Branch Prison were not afforded proper medical treatment, specifically as to mental health referrals and observations.

38. That Defendant MDOC was aware of the custom and practice of corrections officerswardens, deputy wardens andor staff ignoring suicidal ideation statements, similar to the actions of Defendants, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH.
39. The Defendant owed GARZA the following duties and obligations

a. To use due care and caution;
b. To adequately and properly promulgate guidelines and policies that comply with the requirements of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 regarding the incarceration of prisoners and the supervision of prisoners, especially those who are mentally and emotionally and physically unstable and especially those who are diagnosed as having psychiatric or psychological problems;
c. To adequately and properly train and supervise correction officers and employees of the Marquette Branch Prison under their supervision on the proper method of supervising prisoners and providing for their medical needs and on effectively controlling prisoners who have or are suspected to have psychological or psychiatric problems;
d. To avoid hiring or selecting individuals who it knows or should know are incapable of performing their responsibilities or who are likely to misuse or abuse the power conferred on them as employees of the Marquette Branch Prison.
40. MDOC breached these duties via its policies, procedures, regulations, customs andor lack of training and thus exhibited a reckless indifference toward its prisoners, and GARZA specifically, in the following ways, including but not limited to

a. MDOC’s failure to staff the jail with competent medical personnel so that a mental health professional;

b. MDOC’s failure to monitor their correctional officers and medical personnel to ensure that they adequately monitor and supervise inmates who have serious medical needs;
c. MDOC’s failure to have proper policies and procedures, and training to deal with inmates in the observation cell and ensure that the policies andor procedures are followed, which include serial examinations by competent and licensed medical and mental health personnel like RNs , Psychologists andor Doctors as well as its failure to ensure the correctional officers conduct timely and adequate rounds and record their observations of the inmates every 15 minutes as required by their own policies andor procedures;
d. MDOC’s failure to require that an RN, Doctor or Mental Health Professional perform a full and complete examination of a prison held in a medical observation cell, at least once per day;
e. MDOC’s failure to have proper policies and procedures in place to deal with jail overcrowding in the high observation units of the facility;
f. MDOC’s failure to fully investigate and discipline its correctional officers andor medicalmental health personnel who do not abide by its policies and procedures relative to providing medical care for serious conditions; and,
g. All other breaches learned through the course of discovery.
41. That Defendant MDOC trained their officials andor employees and agents in such a reckless and grossly negligent matter, that it was inevitable that the officials would place a suicidal prisoner in a cell where she would not be supervised when it was obvious that such a prisoner needed constant supervision. Notwithstanding GARZA’s contemplation of suicide, Defendant repeated and acquiesced in the continued practice of not placing potentially suicidal prisoners, such as GARZA, under close supervision and acquiesced in the repeated and continued practice of not adequately treating suicidal inmates in obvious need of treatment.

42. The failure of the Defendant to provide training and supervision regarding the prevention of suicides amounts to deliberate indifference to the safety and lives of the inmates of the Marquette Branch Prison and particularly GARZA.

43. Defendant MDOC is a supervisory official who knew or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known that individual prison officials had engaged in misconduct and other violations of the constitutional rights of prison inmates at the Marquette Branch Prison, more specifically of GARZA.
44. Despite knowledge of its aforesaid pattern and practice, the Defendant failed to properly investigate the improper practices and to supervise and train the prison officials at the MDOC.

45. Defendant MDOC developed a “hands off” policy or custom with regard to the omissions of individual prison officials which encouraged the individual officials to believe they could violate the constitutional rights of GARZA with the explicit or tacit approval of the Defendant herein.
46. As a direct and proximate result of the above cited violations of GARZA’s civil rights by Defendant, GARZA died and thus his estate, through Darren Findling, has and will continue to suffer damages in the future, including, but not limited to

a. Reasonable medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses;
b. Reasonable compensation for the pain and suffering undergone by GARZA while he was conscious during the time between his first psychiatric symptoms and his death;
c. Loss of financial support;
d. Loss of service;
e. Loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities;
f. Loss of comfort, society and companionship;
g. Compensatory and punitive damages; and
h. Any and all other damages otherwise recoverable under USC Section 1983
and Section 1988.
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that this Honorable Court enter judgment in his favor and against Defendant, including punitive damages under 42 U.S.C. § 42, in excess of $75,000.00 together with interest, costs and attorney’s fees.

COUNT III NEGLIGENCE AND GROSS NEGLIGENCE

47. Plaintiff hereby re-alleges each and every allegation contained in paragraphs 1 through 46 of this Complaint as if fully stated herein.
48. That acts and conduct of Defendants alleged in the above stated cause of action when considered under the laws of the State of Michigan, constitute gross negligence and the Defendants are not entitled to the immunity of MCL 600.1407(2) because they were grossly negligent.
49. That the conduct of the Defendants, MDOC, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, exhibited a deliberate indifference by intentional acts andor omissions amounting to gross negligence.

50. At all relevant times, Defendants, were grossly negligent in one or more of the following ways

a. Failure to properly prescribe and monitor the appropriate medications for a mentally ill prisoner;
b. Failure to render the proper medical attention to a prisoner who was mentally ill;
c. Failure to properly train correction officers in the evaluation of whether a inmate needs medical treatment;
d. Failure to transfer Plaintiff’s decedent to a hospital to receive the necessary medical care;
e. A reasonable correction officer in Defendants’ position at the time of this incident prior to the decedent’s death, would have known that in light of the pre-existing law, that the unlawfulness of ignoring Plaintiff’s suicidal ideation statement was apparent and to ignore it under those circumstances would be a violation of that clearly established law.
e. Any and all other acts of gross negligence as they become known throughout the course of this litigation.

51. That as a direct and proximate result of the aforementioned conduct and omissions of Defendants, MDOC, NAPEL, ALEXANDER, PLACE, WAGNER, VITALA, WHITNEY, CO ROBERT LAFOREST, CO CUCCHI, and SGT. BUSH, individually, andor as agents of the State of Michigan, Plaintiff’s decedent, GARZA, suffered pain, anguish, and ultimately, death.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff, Darren Findling, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jeremy Alan Garza, deceased, respectfully requests this Honorable Court enter Judgment in their favor and against Defendants jointly and severally, an amount in excess of $75,000, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, exclusive of costs, interest, attorney fees, and punitive damages.
Respectfully submitted,
JOHNSON LAW, PLC
By _s S. Jay Ahmad______________
S. JAY AHMAD (P43206)
VEN R. JOHNSON (P39219) Attorneys for Plaintiff
Buhl Building
535 Griswold Street, Suite 2632
Detroit, MI 48226
313.324.8300
vjohnson@venjohnsonlaw.com
jahmad@venjohnsonlaw.com

Dated January 25, 2017

DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL

Plaintiff, DARREN FINDLING, Personal Representative for the Estate of Jeremy Alan Garza, Deceased, by and through his attorneys, JOHNSON LAW, PLC, hereby requests a trial by jury in this matter.
Respectfully Submitted,
JOHNSON LAW, PLC
By _s S. Jay Ahmad______________
S. JAY AHMAD (P43206)
VEN R. JOHNSON (P39219) Attorneys for Plaintiff
Buhl Building
535 Griswold Street, Suite 2632
Detroit, MI 48226
313.324.8300
vjohnson@venjohnsonlaw.com
jahmad@venjohnsonlaw.com
Dated January 25, 2017

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2:17-cv-00018-GJQ-TPG

Findling v. Michigan Department of Corrections et al

U.S. District Court Judge Gordon J. Quist, presiding

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley, referral

Case Summary

 Filed: 01/25/2017

Jury Demand: Plaintiff Demand:

$75,000

Nature of Suit:

550 Cause: 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights


Defendant Custody Status:

defendant: Michigan Department of Corrections

defendant: Robert Napel

defendant: Unknown Alexander

defendant: Shane Place

defendant: Unknown Wagner

defendant: Daniel Kessler

defendant: Aaron Vitala

defendant: Yvonne Whitney

defendant: Robert LaForest

defendant: Unknown Cucchi

defendant: Unknown Bush

plaintiff: Darren Findling represented by S. Jay Ahmad

Phone: (313) 324-8300

Fax: (313) 324-8301

Email: jahmad@venjohnsonlaw.com


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Photo of Offender
MDOC Number:
627293
SID Number:
2061606L
Name:
JEREMY ALAN GARZA
Racial Identification:
White
Gender:
Male
Hair:
Brown
Eyes:
Brown
Height:
5′ 7″
Weight:
166 lbs.
Date of Birth:
12/07/1984  (32)
JEREMY ALAN GARZA
Image Date:
11/7/2012

MDOC STATUS

Current Status:
Discharged
Earliest Release Date:
Assigned Location:
Discharge Date:
04/10/2014
ALIASES

JEREMY GARZA


JEREMY ALLAN GARZA
MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS

Tattoo- Arm
Sentence 1
Offense:
Breaking & Entering a Building With Intent
Minimum Sentence:
2 years 6 months 0 days
MCL#:
Maximum Sentence:
20 years 0 months
Court File#:
12006545-FH-T
Date of Offense:
05/26/2012
County:
Gratiot
Date of Sentence:
11/05/2012
Conviction Type:
Nolo Contendere
Discharge Date:
04/10/2014
Discharge Reason:
Death
Sentence 2
Offense:
Breaking & Entering a Building With Intent
Minimum Sentence:
1 year 6 months 0 days
MCL#:
Maximum Sentence:
15 years 0 months
Court File#:
10005985-FH-R
Date of Offense:
09/01/2009
County:
Gratiot
Date of Sentence:
05/24/2010
Conviction Type:
Plea
Discharge Date:
04/10/2014
Discharge Reason:
Death
Sentence 3
Offense:
Controlled Subs-Del/Man, Sched 1,2,3 except Marihuan/Cocaine
Minimum Sentence:
1 year 6 months 0 days
MCL#:
Maximum Sentence:
10 years 6 months
Court File#:
10005984-FH-R
Date of Offense:
11/17/2009
County:
Gratiot
Date of Sentence:
05/24/2010
Conviction Type:
Plea
Discharge Date:
04/10/2014
Discharge Reason:
Death

PROBATION SENTENCES

ACTIVE

None

INACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense:
Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana
Minimum Sentence:
MCL#:
Maximum Sentence:
2 years 0 months
Court File#:
065261-FH
Date of Offense:
02/01/2006
County:
Gratiot
Date of Sentence:
12/04/2006
Conviction Type:
Plea
Discharge Date:
08/04/2008
Discharge Reason:
Offender Discharge

Marquette Branch Prison (MBP)

Marquette Branch Prison
Marquette County
Marquette County
Warden Robert Napel
1960 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
Marquette, MI 49855

Current jobs TELEPHONE: (906) 226-6531
OPENED: 1889
AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older
SECURITY LEVELS: I and V

General  

 Marquette Branch Prison  was authorized by the Michigan State Legislature in 1885. The prison was subsequently built on the shores of Lake Superior on property that was a gift to the State from the Marquette Businessmen’s Association. The prison was completed in 1889 at a cost of less than $200,000.
The Level V portion of the prison has three General Population housing units and three Administrative Segregation housing units. There are four Level I housing units which are located just outside the Level V portion of the facility. 

Programming


 Adult Basic Education and General Education Development completion are offered.  Other programs include substance abuse treatment and religious services.  Available activities include law library, general library and hobbycraft.  Many program resources are expanded through participation by community volunteers, such as local clergy and lay people, which gives prisoners increased opportunities to participate in programs.
Prisoners are provided with on-site routine medical and dental care. Serious problems are treated at the department’s Duane L. Waters Health Care in Jackson. Emergencies can be referred to a local hospital.

Security  


 The Level V perimeter is protected with a concrete wall, razor-ribbon wire, electronic detection systems, and eight gun towers. Level I is surrounded by two chain link fences and an electronic detection system.

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“I am sick and tired of being assaulted,” said a Menominee County woman just before she was arrested today for domestic violence

A cry to stop U.P. domestic violence emerges from the rural northern Michigan wild in remote Menominee County

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Menominee County, MI) – Had she had enough?

Or was she the aggressor?

That is not clear – but the 57-year-old woman reportedly told the 911 dispatcher:
“I am sick and tired of being assault,” when she reported a male friend as the aggressor who was fleeing despite having numerous driver’s license suspensions and revocations.

The woman remained in the Menominee County Jail (1-26-17) at 6 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. CT

After a couple hours the man was located – and was charged with traffic offenses – but he was not booked into the Menominee County Jail like the woman who reported the assault.

She was arrested and charged with domestic violence.

“I am sick and tired of being assaulted,” said a Menominee County woman just before she was arrested for domestic violence

We have the names of both, and could not confirm his arrest. However, she was booked into the jail.
While her cry might be a powerful statement for all women, domestic violence in growing in the U.P. So does poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, and mental health issues – all of the state programs to address the issues have taken severe budgets cuts over the past 8 years.

Another southern U.P. DV case has man a fugitive:

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Meanwhile, the Escanaba Department of Public safety is still asking for the public’s help to track down a man wanted for an alleged attack on his girlfriend and a child.

The manhunt continues tonight for an alleged vicious Escanaba man wanted for numerous felonies including attempted strangulation, child abuse, domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment of the the victims.

U.P. Breaking News joins the police, victims, and public tonight – we want him caught

21-year-old Dustin Lanaville of Escanaba – but has lived in Menominee County – is wanted on charges of third degree child abuse, assault by strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence, and interfering with electronic communications.

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Justin Lanaville is a wanted man (whom we recently highlighted).

Plus our previous story:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/21/urgent-help-police-find-man-wanted-in-vicious-attack-in-escanaba-mi-charges-including-dv-and-child-abuse-21-year-old-dustin-lanaville-has-been-taunting-the-victims-through-social-media-threateni/

https://plus.google.com/+UpperPeninsulaBreakingNewsGregPeterson/posts/cgcYtkNfbdq

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Justin Lanaville is said to be in hiding – maybe in Schoolcraft County.
domestic violence and child abuse charges.
U.P. Breaking news has been contacted by both the suspect and his father – and we have encouraged the the young man to surrender.

He has taunted the victims with threats of suicide, and that sparked outrage on both sides of the dispute. The suspect and his friends apparently were trying to convince others that the charges had been dropped. They have not.
If you have any doubt look at the Escanaba Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

Why we do it:

Domestic violence calls in the Upper Peninsula – and suicidal people – keep police in the U.P. Busy every day. Every day, U.P. Breaking News hears numerous domestic violence cases that are investigated by police.

We have been highlighting the federal cases – that involves American Indian Nations across northern Michigan.

The reason: The feds make public records easily available – although it costs us a fortune. However, the feds still charge 100 times less than the local governments in the U.P.

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Also today:

Tribal domestic violence crackdown continues: Two men charged with the assault and attempted strangulation of women from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Two other unrelated aggravated domestic violence felony cases were returned by a federal grand jury in Marquette on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 indicted two men for alleged strangulation assaults on tribal lands within the U.P. involving the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/26/tribal-domestic-violence-crackdown-continues-two-men-charged-with-the-assault-and-attempted-strangulation-of-women-from-the-keweenaw-bay-indian-community-and-the-sault-ste-marie-band-of-chippewa-ind

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Soo Illegal Update – Federal Indictment returned in Dec. 2016 Soo Illegal Card case at Meijer Store construction site: Possession of a Falsely Made I-551 Alien Resident Card

Update – U.P. Breaking News Exclusive – Read yesterday’s federal grand jury indictment returned on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 for a Soo Illegal Card case at Meijer Store construction site in Dec. 201

Possession of a falsely made permanent resident card

Sault Ste. Marie – Michigan and Canada – Illegal Update – Federal Indictment returned in Dec. 2016 Soo Illegal Card case at  Meijer Store construction site: Possession of a Falsely Made I-551 Alien Resident Card

(Scroll down to read federal indictment)

Defendant Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia represented by Marquette attorney Karl Numinen

(906) 226-2580

Fax: (906) 226-2248

karl at numinenlaw.com

Federal Prosecutors:

Acting United States Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Lochner

(906) 226-2500

paul.lochner at usdoj.gov

Federal Grand Jury in Marquette, MI returned several indictments on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

Possession of False I-551 Alien Resident Card

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Previous stories:

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/u-p-breaking-news-exclusive-soo-counterfeit-permanent-resident-card-bust-u-s-border-patrol-bust-longtime-illegal-mexican-after-informant-says-about-10-to-15-undocumented-immigrants-udis-were/

U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Soo Counterfeit Permanent Resident Card Bust

U.S. Border Patrol bust longtime illegal Mexican after informant says about “10 to 15 undocumented immigrants (UDI’s) were working at the Meijer Store currently under construction in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan”

Longtime illegal worker from Mexico busted with fake documents after border patrol probe in Soo – Cost for documents only $300
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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

1-906-273-2433

(Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) – A longtime illegal Mexican with a criminal assault record has been busted by federal border agents as part of an ongoing probe into illegals with fake papers at job sites in Saul Ste. Marie, MI including an alleged ring providing false documents.

A felony criminal complaint was filed this past week in Marquette, MI against Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia for alleged federal crimes in Chippewa County. Maciel-Garcia was ordered held without bond on Thurs., Dec. 22, 2016 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley in Marquette for “Possession of a Falsely Made I-551 Alien Resident Card.”

The ongoing probe involves the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protections and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) – and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The probe began on Dec. 6, 2016, when Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Todd Wilton received information from an HSI documented Confidential Informant (CI).

“The CI stated that approximately 10 to 15 undocumented immigrants (UDI’s) were working at the Meijer Store currently under construction in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan,” state the felony criminal complaint against Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia, that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan – Northern Division. The CI provided information about a vehicle on the job site – a 2002 Black Chevrolet Tahoe – registered to Yesenia Valencia of Memphis, Tennessee, a citizen of Mexico with “no legal right to work, reside or be present in the United States.”

U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Soo began following the vehicle on Dec. 8, 2016 “from the Meijer Store to a local gas station.” That’s when the occupants of the Tahoe were confront by USBP Special Agent Alexander Carlson and USBP Special Agent Donald Natzke. An occupant of the SUV, Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia “admitted he is a citizen/national of Mexico” and illegally in the U.S. – and was placed under administrative arrest and transported to the Border Patrol Station for processing.”

At the Border Patrol Station, Maciel-Garcia was searched by USBP Special Agent Craig Benton. Maciel-Garcia was allegedly “found in possession of multiple forms of identification” bearing the name Saul Reyes Andrade – including a “Permanent Resident Card (I-551) card.”

Border patrol agent Benton “asked Maciel-Garcia if he was from El Salvador” as the permanent resident card “had fraudulently displayed.” However, Maciel-Garcia admitted “he was from Mexico and had the I-551 to apply for work.”

The complaint states Maciel-Garcia admitted he used false names when”encountered by law enforcement” Including: Luciano Garcia-Ortega, Saul Reyes-Andrade and Jesus Herrera-Maciel. After fessing up and with help from a family member, Maciel-Garcia was “later able to produce a

Mexican birth certificate bearing the name Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia.”

Holy Batcave Batman: Mammoth find

The suspect’s fingerprints revealed that he (Maciel-Garcia) was convicted of assault on August 15, 2003 in Mammoth, Arizona. Apprised of (and understanding) his Miranda rights, Maciel-Garcia started a tale of illegally living and trying to survive in the U.S. for two decades.

The U.S. Border Patrol Agents:

U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI):

USBP HSI Special Agent Jason Michael Fullerton

USBP HSI Special Agent Todd Wilton

USBP Special Agent Alexander Carlson

USBP Special Agent Donald Natzke

USBP Special Agent Craig Benton

The USBP criminal complaint provided the following summary of the statement made by Maciel-Garcia:

Maciel-Garcia said he was born in Mexico and lived in the United States for 20 years. He said he illegally entered the United States near Naco, Arizona. He said he purchased the fraudulent Permanent Resident Card (I-551) card for $300 (USD) and knew the I-551 card was fraudulent.

On December 9, 2016, TFO Fullerton contacted Roxanne Foley, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, regarding a Construction Contract Services identification card that was found in Maciel-Garcia’s possession.

The Construction identification card was issued under the name of Saul Reyes Andrade and contained a picture of Maciel-Garcia, as did the fraudulent I-551 card found in Maciel’s possession. Foley stated that Maciel-Garcia attended a certification course at the aforementioned college. Foley stated that Maciel-Garcia had utilized a Texas identification card bearing the name Saul Reyes Andrade as part of obtaining the certification course.

On December 13, 2016, Homeland Security Investigations SA Alpers and your affiant interviewed an employee at the Check-n-Go, located at 4240 Interstate 75 Business Spur, Unit 26, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783. During Maciel-Garcia’s post-Miranda interview, he claimed to have cashed his paychecks received from “The Bridge” (the name of the company from which he received his paychecks) at the aforementioned check cashing business.

The Check-n-Go employee confirmed that persons wishing to cash paychecks are required to show a form of photo identification. Further, the Check-n-Go employee confirmed that Maciel-Garcia had cashed several checks at that location using the fraudulent I-551 bearing the name Saul Reyes Andrade as identification.

USBP Probe Conclusion:
Based upon the aforementioned facts, Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia is illegally present in the United States and knowingly purchased and possessed a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card (I-551) in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a)

The Players in the Probe:

United States Border Patrol (USBP)

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Task Force Officer (TFO)

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

HSI documented Confidential Informant (CI)

Criminal Complaint:
Jose Luis Maciel-Garcia an undocumented immigrant from Mexico

Documents including resident card allegedly faked for $300 – and/or documents mentioned during probe:

Permanent Resident Card (I-551) card

Construction Contract Services identification card

The “Bridge” company in question:

Maciel-Garcia cashed his paychecks received from “The Bridge”
Name of the company on his paychecks that he cashed at a check cashing business – The Check-n-Go

Job site mentioned:

The Meijer Store under construction in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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Sources contacted by the feds during probe:

Roxanne Foley, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about a Construction Contract Services identification card

Employee at the Check-n-Go at 4240 Interstate 75 Business Spur, Unit 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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Vehicle:

2002 Black Chevrolet Tahoe

Registered to Yesenia Valencia of Memphis, Tennessee.
Valencia is a citizen/national of Mexico with no legal right to work, reside or be present in the United States.

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Probe turn up other fake names/countries:

Saul Reyes Andrade of El Salvador

Luciano Garcia-Ortega

Saul Reyes-Andrade

Jesus Herrera-Maciel

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Related links and info:

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/sault-ste-marie-mi-port-entry-construction-project

https://www.cbp.gov

United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protections

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Canada Border Services Agency

https://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports/sault-sainte-marie

https://www.cbp.gov

https://www.sault-canada.com/en/qualityoflife/bordercrossing.asp

http://www.borderpatroledu.org/michigan/sault-sainte-marie

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Tribal domestic violence crackdown continues: Two men charged with the assault and attempted strangulation of women from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians

URGENT URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin –  1-26-17 7:45 a.m. ET  – Urgent

Tribal domestic violence crackdown continues: Two men charged with the assault and attempted strangulation of women from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians

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Federal indictments for tribal domestic violence crimes in which Native American women were seriously injured

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Two other unrelated aggravated domestic violence felony cases were returned by a federal grand jury in Marquette on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 indicted two men for alleged strangulation assaults on tribal lands within the U.P. involving the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

A federal grand jury in Marquette returned felony domestic violence indictments against Joseph Richard Francois, Sr. for an alleged attack on his partner.

Francois is charged with assault of intimate partner and assault by strangulation for allegedly “strangling and attempting to strangle” his Native American female who “due to that assault” sustained “substantial bodily injury”

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28-year-old non-native Michael James Sutton aka Michael Jamal-Rashad Sutton was indicted for the alleged attack on his Indian female girlfriend on January 3, 2017 in Marquette, MI apartment on trust lands of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Sutton has ties to Marquette and Detroit.

Sutton was indicted on two federal felonies – assault of intimate partner and assault by strangulation for allegedly “strangling and attempting to strangle” the victim, a Native American woman.

U.P. Breaking News covered the manhunt for Sutton earlier this month.

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/04/wanted-28-year-old-michael-jamal-rashad-sutton-for-alleged-marquette-felony-attack-police-looking-for-suspect-between-the-u-p-and-detroit

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Scroll down to read more about the indictments:


Date filed 1/25/2017

United States District Court Western District of Michigan Northern Division

_________________

United States Of America,

V.

Joseph Richard Francois, Sr.,

Defendant.

Indictment

The Grand Jury charges:

Count 1: (Assault by Strangulation)

On or about December 24, 2016, in Baraga County, in Indian Country, on lands located within the exterior boundaries of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation, in the Northern Division of the Western Di strict of Michigan, the defendant, Joseph Richard Francois, Sr., an Indian male, assaulted his intimate partner, T.D., an Indian female, by strangling and attempting to strangle her.

Count 2: (Assault of Intimate Partner)

On or about December 24, 2016, in Baraga County, in Indian Country, on lands located within the exterior boundaries of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation, in the Northern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, Joseph Richard Francois, Sr., an Indian male, did assault his intimate partner, T.D., an Indian female.

Due to that assault, T.D. sustained substantial bodily injury.

Laws:
18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(7)
18 U.S.C. § 113(b)(1), (3)
18 U.S.C. § 2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II)
18 U.S.C. § 1151
18 U.S.C. § 1153
18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(8)
18 U.S.C. § 113(b)(3), (4)
18 U.S.C. § 2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II)
18 U.S.C. § 1151
18 U.S.C. § 1153

Joseph Richard Francois, Sr.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Baraga County

Count 1: Assault with intent to murder (maritime); assault by strangulation

Count 2: Assault with intent to murder (maritime); assault of intimate partner

Citation: 18:113A.F Offense Level: 4
18:113(a)(7), 18:113(b)(1), (3), 18:2266(7)(a)(i)(i) and (ii), 18:1151, 18:1153
Citation: 18:113A.F
Offense Level: 4
18:113(a)(8), 18:113(b)(3), (4), 18:2266(7)(a)(i)(i) and (ii), 18:1151, 18:1153

Defendant Joseph Richard Francois, Sr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah N. Bobee

906-226-2500

906-226-3700 (fax)

hannah.bobee at usdoj.gov


United States District Court Western District Of Michigan Northern Division

United States Of America

V.

Michael James Sutton aka Michael Jamal-Rashad Sutton

Defendant

Indictment:

The Grand Jury charges:

Count 1 (Assault by Strangulation)

On or about January 3, 2017, in Marquette County, in Indian Country, on land held in trust by the United States for the use of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, in the Northern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, MICHAEL JAMES SUTTON, a non-Indian male, assaulted his intimate partner, S.J.B., an Indian female, by strangling and attempting to strangle her.

Count 2 (Assault of Intimate Partner)

On or about January 3, 2017, in Marquette County, in Indian Country, on land held in trust by the United States for the use of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, in the Northern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, MICHAEL JAMES SUTTON, a non-Indian male, did assault his intimate partner, S.J.B., an Indian female.

Due to that assault, S.J.B. sustained substantial bodily injury.

Laws cited:
18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(7)
18 U.S.C. § 113(b)(1), (3)
18 U.S.C. § 2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II)
18 U.S.C. § 1151
18 U.S.C. § 1152
18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(8)
18 U.S.C. § 113(b)(3), (4)
18 U.S.C. § 2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II)
18 U.S.C. § 1151
18 U.S.C. § 1152

Assistant United States Attorney Hannah N. Bobee

Acting United States Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge

Case Summary:

Michael James Sutton aka Michael Jamal-Rashad Sutton

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/04/wanted-28-year-old-michael-jamal-rashad-sutton-for-alleged-marquette-felony-attack-police-looking-for-suspect-between-the-u-p-and-detroit/

Assault by strangulation

Assault of intimate partner

U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Michigan Northern Division

Indictment Filed: 1/25/2017

Marquette County

Count 1: Assault with intent to murder (maritime); assault by strangulation

Count 2: Assault with intent to murder (maritime); assault of intimate partner

Law Citation: 18:113A.F
Offense Level: 4
18:113(a)(8), 18:113(b)(3), (4), 18:2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II), 18:1151, 18:1152
Citation: 18:113A.F
Offense Level: 4
18:113(a)(7), 18:113(b)(1), (3), 18:2266(7)(A)(i)(I) and (II), 18:1151, 18:1152

Defendant: Michael James Sutton

USA represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah N. Bobee

Phone: (906) 226-2500

Fax: 906-226-3700

Email: hannah.bobee at usdoj.gov

 

 

URGENT BUSTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE: Armed meth and burglary suspects in U.P. wanted in camp burglaries, gun thefts and more

CAPTURED – BUSTED !!!

Caught – Crazy Chase and Cold Custody: High speed chase with cops and cold dive into lake

The trio were arrested this morning after a high-speed chase in downstate Cheboygan County, MI reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour and then jumping into a freezing lake.

Cops confiscated seven stolen guns and drug paraphernalia.

The suspects fled the pickup and one tried to cross Mullet Lake.

Two stopped and were arrested; and the third busted after deputies used a hovercraft chasing the man ashore at a home on the other side of the lake at a home.

The trio remains in the Cheboygan County Jail.

 URGENT – 1:33 a.m. ET   1-26-17 – Captured!! Three suspects, vehicle captured “downstate,” according to a cancellation of the U.P. broadcast moments ago.

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URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Update on Armed and Dangerous meth/burglary suspects armed with many guns:
Update 10:15 p.m. ET – Suspects may be in the L’Anse/Baraga area – police are investigating an report connected to these suspects in Baraga County

Two-state crime spree – Suspects in U.P. gun thefts are allegedly on drugs and armed and dangerous

Wanted in U.P. and northeast Wisconsin camp/home burglaries, gun thefts and more

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Ewen, MI) – A trio of drug-fueled meth and burglary suspects described as armed and dangerous are wanted tonight in numerous camp and home break-ins involving rifles, shotguns, and more

“The suspects are known to use and manufacture methamphetamines and are believed to be armed at this time.”

The two-state crime spree began yesterday in the Ashland, WI area – about 40 minutes from the border with the western U.P.

“Be-on-the-lookout for a stolen vehicle from Ashland County, Wisconsin involved in multiple B and E’s,” said one of several dispatchers across the U.P. who read the bulletin to all officers late this afternoon.

At 10 a.m. today (Wed., Jan. 25, 2017), witnesses placed the suspects at a camp break-in in Ewen, Michigan – in Ontonagon County. In that U.P. break-in guns were also stolen.

The suspects are known meth users, according to a U.P.-wide police broadcast this afternoon.

“Multiple long guns were taken” in home and camp burglaries in NE Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan.

Police across the U.P. are searching for the stolen pickup the three suspects are believed to be riding and pulling off burglaries.

It is a late model white Chevrolet Avalanche four-door pickup truck with Wisconsin license plates: FT9824

The vehicle was stolen 5:25 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday in Mellen, Wisconsin in Ashland County.

The vehicle has been tied “to multiple B and E’s involving long-guns (shotguns, rifles) in Wisconsin and possibly one in Ewen,” the broadcast stated.

They are suspects in the larceny of a hunting camp in Ewen, MI:

“If located use caution due to the larceny of the weapons”

“Suspect vehicle in the larceny of a hunting camp in Ewen in Ontonagon County”

“Three long guns and miscellaneous other items were stolen from the camp in Ewen. Any eyewitness puts the vehicle at the camp today at approximately 10 a.m. Eastern Time.”

If you spot this vehicle or the suspects immediately call 911, Michigan State Police or the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s department:

Three suspects – two white males – one white female (scroll down to see rap sheets):

Suspect #1:

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Norman Erwin Kastan

White male

Approx 30 years old

Wanted on a warrant for felony parole violation in Wisconsin


Suspect #2:

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Rachel Opal Greenwood

White female

Approx. 25-years-old


Suspect #3:

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Kensey Kevin Kaseno

White male

28-year-old who celebrated birthday this week

Wanted for questioning but no active warrant


Damage to front or rear of the vehicle because it may have been driven into a pole or backed into a pole at one of the crime scenes.

Three suspects are believed to be in the vehicle:

Chevy Avalanche similar to this file photo:

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White Chevrolet Avalanche

Late model pickup (maybe 2007)

Four-door

Wisconsin license Plates: FT9824

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Three suspects – two white males – one white female:

Suspect #1:

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Norman Erwin Kastan

White male

Approx 30 years old

Wanted on a warrant for felony parole violation in Wisconsin


Suspect #2:

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Rachel Opal Greenwood

White female

Approx. 25-years-old

Rachel Opal Greenwood:

Park Falls, WI

White Female

Age: 20

Eye Color: Hazel

Hair Color: Red

Weight: 120

Height: 5′ 4″

Charge 1:

Possess Drug Paraphernalia To Manufacture, Compound, Convert, Produce, Or Store Methamphetamine

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 12/29/2014

Charge 2:

Possession Of Methamphetamine

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 12/29/2014

Charge 3:

Manuf/Deliver Amphetamine(<=3g)

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 12/29/2014

Bail Jumping Felony

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 07/15/2015

Arrest Date: 11-16-2015


Suspect #3:

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Kensey Kevin Kaseno

White male

28-year-old who celebrated birthday this week

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Wanted for questioning but no active warrant

Rap Sheet:

Age: 28

Henrico, WI/Mellen, WI

28 years old:

Charge 1:

Possess Methamphetamine Precursors

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 03/20/2015

Charge 2:

Possess Drug Paraphernalia

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 03/20/2015

Charge 3:

Possession Of Thc

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 03/20/2015

Charge 4:

Possession Of Methamphetamine

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 03/20/2015

Charge 5:

Knowingly Possess Methamphetamine Waste

Charging County: Ashland, WI

Charge Date: 03/20/2015


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Greenville, MI Doctor skips prison for skipping on taxes

Urgent 1-25-17 Exclusive Doctor Bust; no prison this time, – MI Doctor busted again, Sentenced yesterday 1-24-17 – this time on tax charges 1:20 p.m. ET – U.P. Breaking News pays a fortune for court records – so when we see a case missed by even the downstate media (except one TV station had it) – we report it. For example this is only one of several big cases in federal court yesterday – including the arrest of another postal worker

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

 

See the cdocuments:

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(Grand Rapids, MI) – A Greenville, MI doctor, who served state time for resisting arrest and chronic drunken driving, was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge after admitting he lied about over $114,000 income from his Kent County medical practice in 2009 and 2010.

dean-a-ruble-2-mdoc51-year-old Dean Ruble of Greenville, MI, who was reportedly investigated for writing questionable pain med prescriptions, was sentenced to three months probation by United States Magistrate Judge Ellen S. Carmody in Grand Rapids, MI.

The DEA and other state federal and local drug agents raided his pain clinic in September 2010 after a year-long probe – but no charges have yet been filed in that case.

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Ruble ordered to make over $50,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and fined $5,000.

The IRS settled for just over $50,000 but stated the crime involved over $56,000.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, Ruble pleaded guilty to a federal Class A misdemeanor information charging him with failure to file tax returns. In the plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Ruble “his level of gross income exceeded the minimum income for filing a return, which was $9,350 for tax year 2010 and admitted “willfully” and “deliberately” failing to file federal income returns that “he knew the law required to be filed.” Ruble was ordered to make “payment of taxes owed” and to “file true and complete tax returns for calendar years 2008-2010.”

In April 2012, Roble was sentenced to five years in state prison for resisting arrest and drunk driving third offense. He was paroled in April 2016. In prison he was simply know as inmate number: 796028

Ruble was arrested by a bond agent after skipping to Flint, MI area motel on those state charges, but he was captured and pleaded no contest – and given 5 years – paroled after four years.

The plea agreements states:


During calendar year 2010, the Defendant resided in Kent County in the Western District of Michigan, and had gross income of approximately $114,602.29 related to his medical practice.

On or about April 15, 2011, the Defendant filed an extension to file his federal income tax return for 2010, extending his time to file to October 15, 2011.

Based on his gross income for 2010, the Defendant knew that he had the legal obligation to timely file a tax return for 2010, but he did not do so by October 15, 2011.

The federal prosecutor in the case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond E. Beckering III in Grand Rapids, MI. Ruble’s defense attorney is J. Terrance Dillon.

Ruble was also investigated for improperly writing painkiller prescriptions, stated a Feb. 2011 story on MLive states

Federal agents investigated Ruble for “allegedly prescribing painkillers to people without cause and taking cash in exchange for authorizing the prescriptions” – and allegedly “wrote prescriptions of Adderall, Tramadol and Suboxone to an undercover police officer over three months,” stated the MLive story. No federal charges were filed.

U.P. Breaking News is checking to see if his license to practice medicine has been revoked.

More info:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond E. Beckering II

Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0208

(616) 456-2404

Feb. 2012 story on MLive By John Tunison jtunison@mlive.com

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/02/dean_ruble_greenville_doctor_i.html

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MDOC Number: 796028

Name: Dean Alan Ruble

Racial Identification: White

Gender: Male

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 195 lbs.

54-year-old Dean Alan Ruble

Image Date:

9/19/2013

MDOC STATUS Discharged Date: 4/11/2016

Sentence 1:

Offense: Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct

MCL#: 750.81D1

Maximum Sentence:

5 years

Date of Offense: 7/15/2010 in Montcalm County

Date of Sentence: 4/22/2011

Conviction Type: Nolo Contendere

Discharge Date: 04/11/2016

Sentence 2:

Operating Intoxicated/Impaired/Controlled Substance – 3rd

Minimum Sentence:

MCL#: 257.6256D

Maximum Sentence: 5 years

Date of Offense: 7/15/2010 in Montcalm County

Date of Sentence: 4/22/2011

Conviction Type: Nolo Contendere

Discharge Date: 4/11/2016

 

Soo Area Man: Bilal Ahmed arrested by U.S. Marshals – Held in Marquette on sealed federal indictment in New Orleans, Louisiana criminal investigation

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: 8:30 p.m. ET 1-24-17 – Sealed indictment lands Soo area man in Jail – off the Louisiana

Jailed in Marquette by feds; Soo area man named in sealed federal indictment in Louisiana

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Off to gator LA-LA LAnd – well Louisiana

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Little is known about an apparently sealed federal case in Louisiana that has a man lodged by U.S. Marshals in the Marquette County Jail.

The man was arrested in connection with criminal charges he is facing in the “Eastern District of Louisiana” in the New Orleans area. However, no information has been filed publicly by federal prosecutors in Louisiana.

41-year-old Bilal Ahmed is being held for federal prosecutors in Louisiana. The name is common in Pakistani and Hindu descent.

In Marquette, a hearing was held for the man – who after being advised of all his rights – agreed to be taken by federal marshals to Louisiana. The name of the hearing was a waiver of Rule 5 (see our graphic).

U.P. Breaking News is still trying to verify U.P. addresses for Ahmed – and it is a common name in his cultural heritage.

On the waiver of certain technical federal rights – and acknowledging he is wanted – was signed on Fri., Jan. 20, 2017 by Ahmed and his lawyer.

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A ‘commitment to another district” document was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley. Ahmed was granted the federal version of a court-appointed attorney because he could not afford to hire his own lawyer in the U.P.

Judge Greeley signed an order giving Ahmed a lawyer from the Soo. Attorney Mark L. Dobias of Sault Ste. Marie, Mi is Ahmed’s U.P. lawyer. U.P. Breaking News attempted to reach Dobias but have not heard back.

He could be represented by other public defenders or lawyers in Louisiana.

A man with the same name in the Soo area – has tied to both the U.P. and Louisiana. In fact all the men on the board have the same name, but different birth dates: Canadian meat company Premier Halal Meats Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

www.laed.uscourts.gov/

Marquette County jail records state:

Bilal Ahmed (No Middle Name)

Custody Status: In Custody

Age: 41

Location: Marquette County Sheriff’s Office

Race: Other

Offender ID: 30384

Gender: Male

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2017 U.P. Prison Ambulance Calls: They keep dying like flies in the eastern U.P. prisons – plus new allegations of poor medical care, mistreatment of elderly prisoners, food is a joke and the young inmate’s death that doesn’t pass the smell test

URGENT – Another inmate is down in the Eastern U.P. – – Sat., Jan. 28, 2017  1-28-17 1 a.m. ET

Under-staffing of U.P. Prisons – put all lives in danger – and More Emergencies for Eastern U.P. State Prison Inmates

Kinross EMS is again to the Kinross Correctional Facility – “Chest Pains” – and nothing more.

U.P. Breaking News hopes people realize how serious the situation is – and better staffing reduces risk to CO’s, staff and inmates – weeding out the burned out (let ’em retire).

There have been a half dozen inmates taken to hospital – and apparently two deaths – in past week

Kinross EMS is again to the Kinross Correctional Facility – “Chest Pains” – and nothing more.

We understand a lot of people do not care if it is a chest pains call – but we are documenting everything – and providing more proof in upcoming stories about the need for more staffing – and improvement of medical care, treatment of all inmates (yes they deserve to be there and many are con-artists – that is not the point).

If you are the loved one of a U.P. Corrections Officer – you should be demanding better staffing, a revamp of the system – because three Cos have been attacked in Marquette including on New Year’s Eve.

There are many very concerned COs but are afraid to speak publicly – have heard from the fair ones.

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Third inmate of night down in Eastern U.P.  URGENT URGENT URGENT – Again ans again Eastern U.P. State Prison Inmates keep dropping like flies – we reinstate our ambulance call list – 1-23-17 11:57 p.m. ET

For the third time tonight, Jan 23-2017 – an Eastern U.P. inmate is down

This time it is Kinross Correctional Facility.

An inmate with unknown problems and chest pains – Kinross EMS on the scene.
We also believe two inmates died last week.

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Urgent – 1-23-17 – 8:25 p.m. ET

Two ambulance calls tonight at Chippewa Regional Correctional facility.

At 8:25 p.m. tonight, Mon., Jan. 23, 2017 the Kinross ambulance responded for an inmate who swallowed unknown pills/drugs

A couple hours earlier, CCF was sent to pick up an inmate with chest pains.

There have been numerous calls in past month to Kinross and CCF with “chest pains” the only symptom.

There were unknown serious medicals – CPR – last week at both prisons.

State of Michigan prison inmates keep dying like flies at Kinross and Chippewa Correctional – Marquette Branch and MDOC is hiding details of an inmates unexplained, mstyery  death – a 30 year-old inmate alone in a cell mysteriously dies

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Plus new allegations of poor medical care, mistreatment of elderly prisoners, food is a joke and the young inmate’s death that doesn’t pass the smell test

Two ambulance calls tonight at Chippewa Correctional Facility – two inmates down at the state prison in Chippewa County – this in the wake of two apparent inmate deaths in past few days!

As the Michigan inmate body count secretly rises, U.P. Breaking News restarts our U.P. State prison ambulance call list:

In the wake of more unexplained deaths of inmates at Kinross Correctional Facility and Chippewa Correctional Facility last week (second week of January 2017)

The Kinross inmate they did CPR all the way to War Memorial hospital in the Soo

The Chippewa inmate was in dire straits one day last week – then nothing – not even a transport

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula MDOC Prisons) – In 2016, U.P. Breaking News started documenting all the emergency calls involving ambulances to Upper Peninsula prisons

Between Jan 1 and Jan 22, 2017 – there had already been more than two dozen emergency ambulance calls to numerous U.P. Prisons.

Plus prison officials are still refusing to release information on the death of a 30-year-old Derrik Siminski of Saginaw, MI – an inmate at the Marquette Branch Prison.

The Michigan Department Corrections have told the inmate’s mom was so kind of once-in-a-lifetime bizarre accident in which her son – while in a segregation cell – fell backwards off his bench – and lodged himself cutting off the airway.

If that is true – why won’t they admit it. Something stinks in Denmark.

Ambulances have been sent to the these prisons since the first of the year – and in some cases numerous times at two eastern U.P. prisons

Marquette Branch Prison (numerous calls)

Alger Max Prison

Kinross Correctional Facility (numerous calls)

Chippewa Correctional Facility

Plus a corrections officer was brutally attacked this year at Marquette Branch Prison – state MDOC refused to admit it happened.

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Urgent – 1-23-17 – 8:25 p.m. ET

Two ambulance calls tonight at Chippewa Regional Correctional facility.

At 8:25 p.m. tonight, Mon., Jan. 23, 2017 the Kinross ambulance responded for an inmate who swallowed unknown pills/drugs

A couple hours earlier, CCF was sent to pick up an inmate with chest pains.

There have been numerous calls in past month to Kinross and CCF with “chest pains” the only symptom.

There were unknown serious medicals – CPR – last week at both prisons.


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Bridge Beating: It’s back to the big house for Escanaba man – who was paroled for the 2013 bloody attack on a Bark River, MI man during a drug deal that went south under a bridge between Gladstone and Escanaba

URGENT URGENT – Back to the slammer: Escanaba man paroled for severe beating – is being sent back to prison – URGENT 1-23-17 7:30 p.m. ET

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Victim was beaten under a railroad bridge in Wells Township, MI during a drug deal

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Escanaba, MI) – An Escanaba man, who severely beat a Bark River man during a drug deal gone bad four years ago, is back on his way back to prison tonight after being paroled only about a year ago.

jeffery-dickerson-135-year-old Jeffrey William Dickerson was arrested today by law enforcement in Delta County on a “Michigan parole detainer.”

He was apparently paroled from state prison on February 4, 2016. Lodged tonight in the Delta County Jail, Dickerson is apparently heading back to prison – although the reason is unclear other than the parole order.

Dickerson and a 23-year-old co-defendant Scott Allen Wahl, both of Escanaba, admitted attacking the 41-year-old victim on Dec. 17, 2012 in Wells Township near Bayview Location. In May 2013, Dickerson was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison on one count of larceny from a person. Dickerson was given credit for 136 days in jail on two counts of possession of drug analogues.

Michigan Parole Detainers are a quicker way to violate convicted felons still on probation:

https://council.legislature.mi.gov/Content/Files/OmbudInfo/ParoleViolationProcess.pdf

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/corrections/06_06_100_412858_7.pdfhttps://www.michigan.gov/documents/corrections/06_06_100_412858_7.pdf

Wahl received eight months to four years in state prison on one count of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon and for attempted larceny from a person.

Dickerson and Wahl met the victim to buy drugs under a railroad bridge between Gladstone and Escanaba. Wahl held the victim on the ground while Dickerson hit the victim first; then Wahl hit the victim twice with a broken glass bottle. The pair ran off after being scared by railroad workers. Those workers notified police about the bloody victim, who suffered head injuries.

Wahl and Dickerson were charged with assault with intent to rob while armed, a life felony. Dickerson was also arrested on one count of assaulting and resisting a police officer; Plus one count of controlled substance/analogue possession. Bond was $75,000 cash.

Now 27 years old, Wahl was paroled on Dec. 17, 2016 – about a month ago – after serving four years in state prison.

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Lives in Saint Louis, Michigan

From Escanaba, Michigan

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MDOC Number: 431216

35-year-old Jeffery William Dickerson

Race: White

Gender: Male

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 213 lbs

Born: 1981 (35)

35-year-old Jeffery William Dickerson

Image Date:

2/24/2014

MDOC Current Status: Parolee

Supervision Begin Date:

02/04/2016

Assigned Location:

Delta/Escanaba

Supervision Discharge Date:

05/04/2017

Security Level:

Date Paroled:

02/04/2016

Marks, Scars & Tattoos

Tattoo- Arm – top of inner arm

Tattoo- Back – numerous tats

Tattoo- Chest – “Crystal”

Tattoo- Left Ankle – Anarchy sign

Tattoo- Left Ankle – Bull

Tattoo- Left Arm – Spiderweb

Tattoo- Left Forearm – tower

Tattoo- Left Hand – Dot

Tattoo- Left Knee – Ying Yang

Tattoo- Left Rib – symbol

Tattoo- Neck – Dickerson

Tattoo- Right Arm – inner right arm

Tattoo- Stomach – Diamond

Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – Cross

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Offense: Larceny from the Person

Minimum Sentence:

Three years minimum-10 years max

Court File#: 13008757-FC

Date of Offense: 12/17/2012

Delta County

Date of Sentence: 05/03/2013

Conviction Type: Plea

SUPERVISION CONDITIONS

01 – Contact agent no later than first business day after release

02 – Must not change residence

2.0 – Not use/possess alcohol/intoxicants or in place served

2.1 – Complete Sub Abuse or Re-Entry Program as referred by agent

03 – Must not leave state

3.1 – Participate in Adult ED/GED as ordered by Parole Agent

3.4 – Complete Program

04 – Not engage in any behavior that constitutes a violation

4.2 – Written Consent to Search Parolee’s person and/or property

4.3 – Must reside at (location) when paroled

4.16 – Obey all court orders

05 – Comply with alcohol and drug testing ordered by field agent

06 – Not associate with anyone you know to have a felony record

07 – Must not own or possess a firearm

7.1 – Pay cost of treatment

7.5 – State Costs

08 – Must not own, possess or use any object as a weapon

09 – Make earnest efforts to find and maintain employment

10 – Must comply w/special conditions, written and verbal orders

Feds bust Fentanyl dealer in Berrien County – An ingredient in “ELEPHANT” heroin cocktail – Suspect signed agreement to plead guilty to federal charge next month

Fentanyl Bust in Berrien County, MI

Fentanyl, Carfentanil, and other elephant tranquilizers are making a lethal highly-powerful heroin cocktail nicknamed “The Elephant” – and its killed dozens in Michigan and thousands nationwide

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Grand Rapids, MI) – In a lightening quick case, federal prosecutors have charged – and entered into a plea agreement – with a man who admits he distributed a narcotic drug used in a deadly heroin cocktail that has killed numerous Michigan residents called “the Elephant.”

The nickname of the heroin cocktail apparently derived from Fentanyl and similar cancer drugs that are used to treat elephants – and to make their lethal concoction.

31-year-old prison parolee Robert Daniel Herr admitted distributing of Fentanyl in Berrien County, MI, according to federal documents.

Herr was charged on Friday in a federal “felony information,” then immediately entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, according to document released today, Mon. Jan. 23, 2017. Herr signed the agreement earlier in the week, and the federal prosecutors signed it Friday.

Robert Daniel Herr Plea Agreement 1-20-17

robert-daniel-herr-2Herr is scheduled to be arraigned and plead guilty at 9 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI before U.S. Magistrate Judge Phillip J. Green. Herr served two years in state prison for writing lots of bad checks (uttering/publishing) and was released in September 2016.

Herr could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and lifetime on supervised released. The maximum fine is $1 million dollars.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/25/heroin-cut-with-elephant-tranquilizer-may-have-caused-60-overdoses-across-two-states-in-just-48-hours/?utm_term=.9340a03de793

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2016/10/06/carfentanil-drugs-wayne-deaths/91687358/

http://patch.com/michigan/dearborn/crazy-dangerous-elephant-tranquilizer-heroin-cocktail-sweeps-nation

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As part of the agreement, Herr pledged to “fully cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Berrien County Sheriffs Department, the Benton Township Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and any other law enforcement agency in their investigation. Herr pledged to testify if needed and provide all the information he has about the distribution of Fentanyl and other drugs.

 

Federal Fentanyl Case:

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Filed: 01/20/2017

Berrien County

One count of selling narcotics – sell, distribute, or dispense; distribution of Fentanyl

Defendant Robert Daniel Herr represented by Paul S. Jancha

(269) 983-0109

pauljancha at hotmail.com

USA represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin M. Presant

(616) 456-2404

justin.presant at usdoj.gov

1:17-cr-00023-GJQ

USA v. Herr

Date filed: 01/20/2017

Date of last filing: 01/20/2017

Law Citation:

21:841A=ND.F

21:841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), 18:2

Offense Level: 4

Previous conviction:

Robert Daniel Herr

http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=941040

Sentence: Uttering & Publishing

MCL#: 750.249

Maximum Sentence: 2 years

Date of Offense: 7/14/2014

Berrien County

Date of Sentence: 9/08/2014

Conviction Type: Plea

MDOC Number: 941040

31-year-old Robert Daniel Herr

Racial Identification: White

Gender: Male

Hair: Strawberry

Eyes: Blue

Height: 5′ 11″

Weight: 175 lbs.

Image Date:

2/2/2015

MDOC Current Status: Probation

Supervision Begin Date:

09/08/2014

Assigned Location:

Berrien/St. Joseph/Probation

Supervision Discharge Date:

09/08/2016

Marks, scars and tattoos

Body Piercing- Center Left Ear

Scar- Front Left Forearm

Tattoo- Front Chest – Spider/Card

Supervision Conditions

01 – No violations of any criminal law

02 – Not leave state without permission

02.0 – Not use/possess alcohol or intoxicants

02.1 – Alcohol testing

02.2 – Drug testing

02.4 – Not use or have any controlled substances or drug items

02.6 – Use prescription drugs as prescribed

02.7 – Must attend AA/NA/CA

02.8 – Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

03 – Monthly reporting

03.0 – Take medicine per physician

03.3 – You must complete mental health, DomViol/Batterer

03.5 – Disclose information

03.7 – Participate in Electronic Monitoring Program

04 – Notify of change of residence

04.3 – You must reside at __ and not change w/o permission

04.4 – You must be in your approved residence between the hours of_

04.5 – No contact or be 500′ away from their residence

04.6 – No contact with (name)

04.16 – Must obey Court Orders

04.18 – Behavior

04.19 – Association

04.20 – Not own or possess weapons

04.21 – Contact field agent

04.22 – Comply with field agent

04.23 – Allow Field Agent into your residence

04.24 – Authorize a search if Field Agent has cause

04.25 – Report any arrest or police contact

04.26 – Personal Protection Order

06.4 – You must make genuine efforts to find employment

08.0 – Serve jail time as described

08.1 – Pay restitution as described

08.2 – Pay a Crime Victim’s Assessment

08.3 – Pay Supervision Fee pursuant to PA 185 of 1993

08.5 – Fine

08.11 – Assignment of wages until ordered assessments are paid

08.12 – Forfeit tax refunds to pay court assessments – State Costs

Feds file first charges two years after pulling plug on biggest undercover sting in Upper Peninsula history: Probe into illegal fish sales from Great Lakes – most are tribal fish markets

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Federal Tribal Fishing Busts: The Arrests Begin

By Greg Peterson
Owner, News Director
Upper Peninsula Breaking News
www.UpperPeninsulaBreakingNews.com
UpperPeninsulaBreakingNews@gmail.com
906-273-2433 (hm office)

usfws-ole-badgeThe first criminal charges have been filed in a two–year federal undercover operation into illegal fishing in the northern Great Lakes that the feds pulled the plug, an Upper Peninsula Breaking News investigation shows.

Three northern Michigan fish markets and their fishing operations were raided by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Division (LED) plus angents raided an international fish distributing company in Northeast Wisconsin.

usfws-ole-bannerMore arrests are likely expected – in a fishing fraud case in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that is a joint state and federal probe into illegally sales, distribution and labeling of fish.

The investigation dating back four years – and is receiving the attention from the justice department’s top levels in Washington, D.C.

The case is the largest undercover probe in U.P. history – but so far has resulted in only four class A misdemeanor charges against one of the owners of the Peterson’s Fish Market in Hancock, MI.

The probe involves to the illegal fishing and distribution operations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – including Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. One of the country’s top U.S. Justice Department fishing crimes attorneys filed the case.

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Federal charges have been filed again Christopher James Peterson, 46, of Hancock, MI – who is named in a four-count Class A Misdemeanor Information. He is co-owner of Peterson’s Fish market in Hancock,. MI

The federal sting led to allegations – but not formal charges – against ten people across northern Michigan and northeast Wisconsin in the winter of 2015. It included long-term informants, wires and the closing of businesses.

The charges against Peterson involve the alleged false labeling of fish during Dec. 2012 and March 2013.

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This is the kind of case that – based on history – is more than than charging of this one fish – as it date backs to events in the winter of 2012 and 2013.

Plus the top state and federal prosecutors are part of the case – not likely if only misdemeanor charges were planned.

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The feds allege Peterson in 2012 and 2013 “knowingly made and submitted a false record and label for, and false identification of, fish that were intended to be transported in interstate commerce.”

Count 1: Falsely Labeled Fish (December 17, 2012)

Count 2: Falsely Labeled Fish (December 26, 2012)

Court 3: Falsely Labeled Fish (March 10, 2013)

Count 4: Falsely Labeled Fish (March 16, 2013)

The prosecution team is a list of heavy hitters:

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United States Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. (Left), Western District of Michigan federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids, MI

Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Cruden (right) of the USDOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division.

U.S. Justice Department Washington, D.C. illegal fishing trial attorney Joel La Bissonniere, trial attorney (prosecutor) with the U.S. Justice Department Environment and Natural Resources Division’s Environmental Crimes Section

Two U.P. federal prosecutors – Asst. U. S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat and and Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner (federal prosecutors in Marquette, MI) – plus State of Michigan prosecutors